May 22, 2012 |
Things just went from bad to worse for former Guatemala dictator Gen. Efrain Rios Montt. The 85-year-old is already charged with human rights abuses committed during that country's 36-year civil war. This week a judge added a second genocide charge against him, the Associated Press reported. That's extraordinary. Rios Montt seized power in 1982 in a military coup. During his 17-month rule, troops carried out a "scorched earth" policy that wiped out hundreds of villages in the name of fighting leftist rebels.
July 25, 2003 |
Violent protests in support of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt engulfed much of Guatemala's capital on Thursday, causing President Alfonso Portillo to call out the army to restore order. But the more than 5,000 demonstrators -- many wielding machetes and clubs -- ran unchecked, with police staying back to prevent more violence and the military apparently not heeding the president's call for troops. The U.S. Embassy, surrounded by protesters, closed as a precaution.
November 10, 1990 |
The most striking feature of Sunday's presidential election, only the second time Guatemalans will have gone to the polls under an elected government, is not differences between the parties, or vicious rhetoric from the candidates. It is the death count. In Guatemala, negative campaigning means killing opponents.
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February 28, 2003 |
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft is reconsidering a Clinton administration policy that was designed to make it easier for victims of domestic abuse to gain political asylum in the United States, a Justice Department spokesman confirmed Thursday. Officials insist that Ashcroft has not made up his mind, but women's groups and lobbyists for immigrants said they fear he will reverse the policy.
June 6, 2013 |
When a Guatemalan court found the country's former dictator, Gen. Efrain Rios Montt, guilty of genocide last month, it was the first time a Latin American leader had been convicted of such a crime in his own country. The verdict was hailed as a victory not only for Guatemala's fragile courts but also for Latin America generally, where weak judges and fearful prosecutors have all too often failed to bring human rights abusers to justice. That triumph, however, is now at risk. Just days after Rios Montt was convicted, the trial court's verdict was thrown out on a procedural technicality by the country's Constitutional Court, which ordered the lower court to rehear all evidence presented after April 19, when the procedural mistake occurred.