Sepur Zarco Article

Guatemalan soldiers face civil war sexual slavery charges in historic trial

www.theguardian.com

For the first time ever, sexual slavery will be prosecuted where the war crime took place, 30 years after 11 Mayan women from Sepur Zarco were raped and enslaved.

It was 1982, one of the bloodiest years of the country’s civil war as counter-insurgency operations against ethnic Mayans intensified under the rule of the military dictator and evangelical Christian, Efraín Ríos Montt.

More than 30 years later, two former military officers will finally face charges of sexual and domestic slavery and forced disappearance in a landmark trial which opens on Monday.

The trial marks the first in the world that sexual slavery perpetrated during an armed conflict has been prosecuted in the country where the crimes took place.

Read more: Guatemalan soldiers face civil war sexual slavery charges in historic trial | World news | The Guardian

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Under Siege

Under Siege: Under Siege: Peaceful Resistance to Tahoe Resources and Militarization in GuatemalaUnder Siege: Peaceful Resistance to Tahoe Resources and Militarization in Guatemala

Author: Luis Solano

Organizations:  International Platform Against Impunity, MiningWatch Canada, the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA)

Publication date: 10 November 2015

Size: 29 pages, 1.8MB

Ever since Goldcorp acquired Glamis Gold’s mining rights in 2007, opposition began to surface among residents of communities in the departments of Jalapa and Santa Rosa, who began to peacefully demonstrate against the mining project. Since 2010, under control of Tahoe Resources, community opposition to the mining project grew to include protest marches and municipal referendums in neighbouring municipalities.

The peaceful protest movement, in defense of water and the environment, has been met with repression, criminalization, militarization, and extreme violence… including the killing of local leaders.

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