Weekly Report - 15 June 2023 (WR-23-24)

GUATEMALA: Major setback in efforts to redress civil war impunity

A “de facto amnesty”. This was the response by local human rights groups like Centro para la Acción Legal en Derechos Humanos (CALDH) to a recent ruling by a Guatemalan appeals court ordering the release of former high-ranking military officers convicted of crimes against humanity dating back to the civil war (1960-1996), in which some 250,000 civilians were killed or disappeared. The ruling is widely considered the latest sign of Guatemala’s compromised institutions, which have targeted high-profile independent judges like Miguel Angel Gálvez, who have been forced into exile over their efforts to redress civil war impunity [WR-22-46].

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