Former Guatemalan General Ríos Montt Retrial for Genocide Begins Today

Former Guatemalan General Ríos Montt Retrial for Genocide Begins Today

Washington, DC— The retrial of General Efraín Ríos Montt will be heard today, October 13, by a Guatemalan court. The former dictator and military general will once again face charges of genocide committed against the Maya Ixil people of Guatemala during the country’s 36-year civil war. While Ríos Montt and other members of the Guatemalan military were found guilty of committing genocide in 2013, the decision was overturned by the Constitutional Court.

Jo-Marie Burt, an expert in transitional justice and a Senior Fellow for advocacy group the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), will be at the trial and is available for comments. In a recent article in The Huffington Post, Ms. Burt analyzes the legal procedures at play in this complex retrial and the implications for victims of genocide.

Source: https://www.wola.org/2017/10/former-guatemalan-general-rios-montt-retrial-genocide-begins-today/