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Guatemala: Former head of state’s trial for genocide one more step against impunity

Headline Title:  Guatemala: Genocide trial one more step against impunity 27 January 2012  A landmark ruling that Guatemala's former head of state will join other former high-ranking officers in facing trial for genocide is another step towards justice and redress for the widespread human rights violations of the past, Amnesty International said today.A Guatemala City criminal court yesterday ruled that General José Efraín Ríos Montt must go on trial for genocide over massacres of thousands of mainly Mayan villagers in 1982-1983, while he was de facto ruler of the country.The…

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