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Human Rights and Accountability in Guatemala: A Discussion with Four Prominent Judges

Monday 19 September 2016
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague

We would like to invite you to a discussion faciliated by Prof. Dan Saxon, with four distinguished Guatemalan judges, who are making a rare visit to the Netherlands. They are at the forefront of writing national and international judicial history. Their unprecedented cases include the conviction of Efrain Rios Montt, which marked the first time a head of state was prosecuted for genocide within his own country. They are here to share their experiences and talk about new windows of opportunity and obstacles in the Guatemalan justice system.

In Guatemala, a country known for its high levels of impunity, these judges have fought corruption and human rights abuses for many years. They do this despite the great personal risk to their safety, the constant harassment and professional struggles. Through their work, they help Guatemala deal with the legacy of a violent past through the indictment and conviction of former military and political elites. They also tackle present challenges facing the political establishment, by campaigning for human rights, lobbying for judicial independence, and fighting organised crime.

The delegation is composed of Yassmin Barrios, who convicted former dictator Rios Montt for genocide in 2013; Miguel Angel Galvez, who indicted former President Otto Perez Molina and Vice-president Roxana Baldetti for corruption; Haroldo Vasquez, President of the  Association Jueces por la Integridad; and Claudia Gonzalez, member of the  Judiciary Career Council.

All the Judges are members of the Jueces por la Integridad, an organisation that fights corruption and promotes judicial reform in Guatemala.

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