Rio Negro massacre convictions

The BBC reports
A court in Guatemala has sentenced five former paramilitaries each to 780 years in prison for the 1982 murder of 26 indigenous Mayan villagers.

They received the maximum sentence of 30 years for each of the murders which took place during an infamous massacre of 177 women and children in Rio Negro.

The victims died refusing to move from the site of a new hydroelectric dam.

The church-led report Guatemala, Nunca Más has been published in English in summary form. The report of the UN sponsored Commission for Historical Clarification (CEH) is available online in English in summary.

26 lives taken; 26 years waiting for justice.


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