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Political Violence In Guatemala: The Role of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

ICPC Lunch Seminar organized with the collaboration of Rights and Democracy / October 20th 2009, Montreal (Canada)

Author(s) : CIPD

 

Abstract :
 

Nery Rodenas and Mario Domingo, lawyers representing the Archbishopric in several strong-impact trials, in particular that of Monsignor Gerardi, Archbishop of the City of Guatemala, assassinated on April 26th 1998, two days after the presentation of the damning "Recuperation of Historical Memory" (REHMI) report, which shed light on four decades of civil war and massacres, presented the principal stages in this trial.
This murder constitutes an emblematic case of the persistence of impunity in Guatemala. Indeed, it was three years before a Guatemala court handed down its verdict, on June 8th 2001, sentencing three soldiers and a priest for their participation in the assassination of Mgr Gerardi.
This Lunch and Learn seminar took account of the presence of representatives of numerous organizations working on human rights and based in Montreal.
 

Speakers :
 
• Mr Nery Rodenas, Lawyer and Director of the Human Rights Office of the Archdiocese of Guatemala (ODHAG)
• Mario Domingo, Lawyer and Coordinator of the Defense of Human Dignity sector of the Human Rights Office of the Archdiocese.
 

Both Mr. Nery Rodenas and Mario Domingo were the lawyers representing the Church in several trials of high-impact, including the Bishop Gerardi’s Trial.