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Huge leap for human rights and judicial health in Guatemala

Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters.jpgLast week, Guatemala became the first country ever to convict one of its own former heads of state of genocide. A Guatemalan court has sentenced José Efrain Rios Montt to serve 50  years in prison on charges of genocide, and 30 years for war crimes, stemming from the 1960-1996 civil war.

The Guatemalan Historical Clarification Commission found that over that period, more than 200 000 people were killed; 83% of the victims were of Mayan descent. The commission stated that nearly all acts of violence and war crimes, were carried out by the Guatemalan State.

Lawyers Without Borders Canada has been working in Guatemala since 2009. Executive Director and Lawyer Pascal Paradis joined us in studio to explain what now awaits Guatemalans.

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