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Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Rios Montt Guilty Verdict Overturned by Constitutional Court

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Rios Montt Guilty Verdict Overturned by Constitutional Court

Guatemala's Constitutional Court overturned former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's genocide conviction and ordered a partial retrial. continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Hospitalized After Guilty Verdict Causes Collapse

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Hospitalized After Guilty Verdict Causes Collapse

Guatemalan former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, facing 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity, was hospitalized Monday after collapsing on his way to a court hearing, his lawyer said. continue reading »

Kidnapped Guatemalans Found Safe After Being Taken Off Bus

Kidnapped Guatemalans Found Safe After Being Taken Off Bus

The driver and assistant operating a bus, along with two passengers, who had been kidnapped by armed men in southeastern Guatemala on the weekend were found alive on a mountain, authorities said. continue reading »

Former Dictator Vows to Appeal Genocide Verdict in Guatemala

Former Dictator Vows to Appeal Genocide Verdict in Guatemala

Guatemalan ex-strongman Efrain Rios Montt has vowed to appeal his 80-year sentence for genocide and crimes against humanity, insisting he is innocent and that the trial was an "international political show." continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Receives 80-Year Sentence

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Receives 80-Year Sentence

Guatemalan former strongman Efrain Rios Montt was convicted Friday of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 80 years in prison. continue reading »

Constitutional Court Suspends Genocide Trial of Ex-Dictator in Guatemala

Constitutional Court Suspends Genocide Trial of Ex-Dictator in Guatemala

Guatemala's Constitutional Court has ordered the temporary suspension of the genocide trial of former strongman Efrain Rios Montt and co-defendant Jose Rodriguez, a spokesman for the tribunal said Saturday. continue reading »

Second Immigrant Commits Suicide at Detention Center Within a Week

Second Immigrant Commits Suicide at Detention Center Within a Week

Activists described as alarming Friday the fact that two Guatemalan immigrants died in less than a week at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Arizona. continue reading »

Activist Sound Alarm as Two Undocumented Guatemalan Immigrants Die in Custody

Activist Sound Alarm as Two Undocumented Guatemalan Immigrants Die in Custody

Activistas described as alarming Friday the fact that two Guatemalan immigrants died in less than a week at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Arizona. "I'm concerned that there is no way for independent groups to verify what is happening inside these detention centers. continue reading »

State of Siege Imposed on Eastern Guatemala

State of Siege Imposed on Eastern Guatemala

President Otto Perez Molina imposed a state of siege on four municipalities in the eastern part of the country following the abduction of 23 police officers and the killing of another cop, the Guatemalan government said Thursday. continue reading »

Guatemala’s Mayan-Inspired Time Capsule to Open in 2065

Guatemala’s Mayan-Inspired Time Capsule to Open in 2065

Taking a page book out of the Mayan's Guatemala has launched a time capsule that will not be opened until 52 years from now. The marble time capsule will contain messages from leading thinkers in Guatemala to describe society today. continue reading »

‘Martyr for Peace’ Remembered on15th Anniversary of the Priests Brutal Murder

‘Martyr for Peace’ Remembered on15th Anniversary of the Priests Brutal Murder

Guatemala's Catholic Church marked Friday's 15th anniversary of the brutal murder of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi by remembering the slain cleric as a peace activist and defender of human rights. Gerardi was a "martyr for peace" who devoted himself to Guatemala's downtrodden peasants and indigenous people, Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian said in a service at Guatemala City's Metropolitan Cathedral. continue reading »

Former Guatemalan Dictator Efrain Rios Montt’s Genocide Trial is Suspended

Former Guatemalan Dictator Efrain Rios Montt’s Genocide Trial is Suspended

A court in the Guatemalan capital decided on Friday to suspend the genocide trial of former strongman Efrain Rios Montt while vowing to fight another court's "illegal" move to quash the case. continue reading »

Mexico Looking to Create More Secure Border with Guatemala

Mexico Looking to Create More Secure Border with Guatemala

Mexico wants its border with Guatemala to be "properous and secure," Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade said. Meade inspected the Mexican-Guatemalan border region on Saturday with SAT tax agency chief Aristoteles Nuñez Sanchez. continue reading »

Hoping to Boost Economy, Guatemala Increasing Tourism Advertising

Hoping to Boost Economy, Guatemala Increasing Tourism Advertising

The Guatemalan Tourism Institute, or Inguat, will increase advertising the country as a destination for foreign visitors with the aim of boosting the economy. continue reading »

State Department, USAID Host Event Focused on Nutrition in Guatemala

State Department, USAID Host Event Focused on Nutrition in Guatemala

On April 3, Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security Jonathan Shrier and Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau for Food Security at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Paul Weisenfeld hosted Guatemalan Minister of Health Jorge Villavicencio, other Government of Guatemala officials, private sector representatives and a panel of nutrition experts at the Department of State for a joint discussion on Guatemala’s “Zero Hunger Pact” (“Pacto Cero Hambre”) to reduce chronic malnutrition. continue reading »