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Posted by on Monday, June 3, 2013 in News, Uncategorized.

The GSN met at the Latin American Studies Association on Friday and decided to create and collectively circulate the press release below. We are now working with the GHRC to try to get the word out, and encourage all members who are so inclined to contact their local news outlets and/or incorporate part of the statement in letters to the editor etc. Kudos to the committee who drafted this document, and more information will be forthcoming
May 31, 2013
The Guatemala Scholars Network at the XXXI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association voted to express our solidarity and concern regarding the current judicial processes around Generals Efraín Ríos Montt and Rodriguez Sánchez. Founded in 1983, the GSN is a network of over 400 people representing over 100 academic, faith-based, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
On May 10, 2013, the Guatemalan tribunals found General Ríos Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. We urge that this verdict be honored and upheld. Reopening the process will only re-victimize witnesses. We express our concern for the safety of the witnesses, lawyers, and judges. As people who have worked for many years in Guatemala, including researching the histories of racism and exploitation, we understand that it is those histories that have created the violence—it is not the recovery of truth.
La Red de Investigadores y Estudioso/as de Guatemala (Guatemala Scholars Network) en el XXXI Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Estudios Latinoamericanos votó para expresar su solidaridad y preocupación sobre los procesos judiciales contra los Generales Efraín Ríos Montt y Rodríguez Sánchez.  Fundada en 1983, la Red es una asociación con mas de 400 personas que representan mas de 100 organizaciones académicas, religiosas y no gubernamentales (ONGs).
En mayo 10, 2013, los tribunales de Guatemala declararon al General Ríos Montt culpable de genocidio y crímenes contra la humanidad.  Demandamos que este veredicto sea respetado y cumplido.  Reabrir el proceso solamente re victimizará a los testigos.  Expresamos nuestra preocupación por la seguridad de los testigos, abogados y jueces.  Por tratarse de personas que hemos trabajado investigaciones sobre Guatemala, incluyendo el racismo, la violencia, y la  explotación, entendemos que estas son las historias que han producido hechos deplorables, y no la recuperación de la verdad. 
La Red de Solidaridad con Guatemala
31 mayo 2013

Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Baylor University
(254) 710-6226