GSN MONDAY MAILER APRIL 04 2016
NEWS from GUATEMALA TRIALSat the NATIONAL COURTS OF GUATEMALA
1. A FEW LINKS
A. RIOS MONTT GENOCIDE RETRIAL STARTS AMIDST CONTROVERSEY http://www.ijmonitor.org/2016/03/rios-montt-genocide-retrial-starts-amidst-controversy/
B. Guatemala: The indigenous population too poor to stay http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/03/guatemala-indigenous-population-poor-stay-160310120053955.html
2. EXPERT WITNESS HELP NEEDED FOR YOUNG MAN FROM JACALTENANGO
Dear experts,I am an attorney with Public Counsel, a nonprofit organization, where I represent unaccompanied immigrant children who face removal from the United States. I am looking for a Guatemala expert who can write an expert report for one of my asylum cases. The client is an indigenous Guatemalan boy from outside of Jacaltenango who faced threats and forced recruitment by gang members when he traveled to Jacaltenango to register for school. The gang members were also indigenous but it appears that they targeted my client because he is from a more traditional community that has retained their native language (Popti). I am looking for an expert who can provide information on indigenous communities in Guatemala, and who can address violence within indigenous communities.
Please let me know if you will be able to assist or know of an expert who might be willing to help my client. Best,
Sara Van Hofwegen
610 South Ardmore Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90005
213.385-2977, ext. 212 | 213.385.9089 – FAX
3. EXPERT WITNESS HELP NEEDED FOR CASE CONCERNING YOUNG MAN FROMQUICHE
I was referred to you through the Hastings Law Center for Gender and Refugee Studies; I am an immigration attorney in Memphis, TN primarily representing Central Americans. I am seeking an expert in an asylum case for a young man from Quiche who fled persecution in his town by Spanish-speaking lynch mobs seeking to cleanse the area of poor, indigenous non-landowners. My client's family falls within this class of people and they are currently in hiding; my client witnessed the lynch mob killing an elderly man who had been begging for food.If you can recommend anyone knowledgeable about current persecution of Quiche Mayans in the Cunen area who may be willing to speak with this young man to assess his claims and provide an expert affidavit, I would truly appreciate it.
Sally M. JoyneR
Sally M. Joyner, Staff Attorney firstname.lastname@example.org
258 N. Merton St., Memphis, TN 3811
Tel: 901 244 4367
Fax: 901 284 0303
Español: 901 466 8819
4. KANJOBAL SPEAKER NEEDED FOR COURT TRANSLATION
A lawyer representing a Kanjobal-speaking client in immigration proceedings is seeking pro bono translation assistance for 1-2 hours in April.
The client is detained and his removal hearing is on May 18. The detention center is willing to arrange for transportation to the Los Angeles metropolitan area for the client to receive a medical evaluation for PTSD and other torture-related injuries.
Please let us know if you know any translators who might be willing to help out on this matter, either in-person or telephonically. It would be greatly appreciated.
Mia R. Lee
GIBSON DUNN Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
555 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-0921
Tel +1 415.393.8236 • Fax +1 415.374.8468
MLee2@gibsondunn.com • www.gibsondunn.com
5. FULBRIGHT VISITING SCHOLAR PROGRAM WANTS YOUR APPLICATION
Dear Fulbright Visiting Scholar,
I hope your time as a Fulbright Scholar was both professionally and personally rewarding, and that you were able to forge meaningful and lasting relationships with faculty, students and other members of your surrounding community in the United States.
As alumni of the Fulbright Scholar Program, you have a unique understanding of the program's mission and impact. I write today to ask that you encourage your American counterparts to apply for the 2017-2018 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program! There are two ways you can spread this message.
1. Refer your colleagues to receive information about the Fulbright Scholar Program. The following link will allow you to submit the name, home institution and email address of colleagues who may be a good fit for the Program.
You can also list the individual’s primary discipline or field of study and/or preferred country or region of grant. Including this additional information will allow us to further tailor our guidance. IIE/CIES will contact your colleague, providing valuable information about the award offerings and application process.
2. Share this email with interested colleagues; perhaps noting continued professional and personal impact from your Fulbright grant. The following links will be useful for potential applicants:
Application Guidelines: including sample project statements
Review Criteria: to inform the various components of your application
Outreach Events: a calendar of conferences, workshops, and webinars
Thank you for your continued engagement with the Fulbright Scholar Program, both in the United States and in your home country. Please feel free to email with any questions; we look forward to working with prospective applicants.
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Team
6. PLANNED PARENTHOOD LOOKING FOR HOST FAMILIES IN GUATEMALA
We're coordinating with volunteer consultants who will travel to Guatemala and support aspects of our work with local NGOs. These consultants are adults who are fluent in Spanish and provide very targeted technical assistance. To better understand the local culture, these consultants often prefer to stay in a private room within a local family's home.
As you are all connected with so many people in Guatemala, I wonder if anyone would know a family who might be interested in hosting a consultant in exchange for a small stipend. Specifically, I am currently trying to coordinate for someone from April 11 – 30th, in Escuintla or Antigua, and May 1 – 21st in Guatemala City (Zona 1, 2 or 5). Would you know of anyone who might be interested in hosting? If so, please email email@example.com before March 31st.
Ksenia Varlyguina, MPH, CPH
Program Officer – Latin America Regional Office
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood Global
7. CASA POPENOE LECTURE SERIES CONTINUES IN MAY
Conferencia: El convento de Santa Teresa de la Antigua Guatemala
Conferencista: Claudia Wolleys
Fecha: Jueves 19 de mayo 2016, 4:00 pm
Contribución: Q30.00. Estudiantes con carnet y guías de turismo Q15.00
6ª calle Oriente # 16 Antigua Guatemala
8. GREENLEAF LIBRARY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP AT TULANE UNIVERSITY
I am pleased to announce the call for proposals for the Richard E. Greenleaf Fellowships at the Latin American Library, Tulane University, for researchers from Latin America and the Caribbean, for 2016-2017.
Research fellowship information & forms: http://lal.tulane.edu/happenings/fellowships
Me complace anunciar la convocatoria para enviar propuestas para las becas de investigación Richard E. Greenleaf en la Biblioteca Latinoamericana de la Universidad de Tulane, en la ciudad de Nueva Orleans (EE.UU.) para el año académico 2016-2017.
Información sobre las becas y formularios:
http://lal.tulane.edu/happenings/fellowships (hacer clic en el botón arriba “en español”)
Tenho o prazer de anunciar que está aberta a convocatória para a submissão de propostas ao programa de bolsas de pesquisa "Richard E. Greenleaf" da Biblioteca Latino-Americana da Universidade de Tulane, em Novo Orleans [E.U.] para o periodo 2016-2017.
Informações sobre as bolsas e formulários:
http://lal.tulane.edu/happenings/fellowships (clique no botão “Português”)
9. Major Breakthrough for Guatemala Grave Crimes Cases: Judge Seizes Previously Denied Military Documents
NEWS from GUATEMALA TRIALSat the NATIONAL COURTS OF GUATEMALA
Major Breakthrough for Guatemala Grave Crimes Cases: Judge Seizes Previously Denied Military Documents
NEWS from GUATEMALA TRIALSat the NATIONAL COURTS OF GUATEMALA
by Jo-Marie Burt
April 1, 2016
Yesterday saw a stunning development in the Diario Militar (Military Diary) case. In a pre-trial hearing that was initially closed, pre-trial judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez decided to open the hearing to the public and press, and then revealed that he had in his possession new military documents pertaining to the case. Judge Gálvez explained that during a hearing held at the compound of the General Staff of the Ministry of Defense on March 4, he ordered the sequestering of the documents and that he was now making them available to the parties in the case. This is a major development, in part because since the signing of the Peace Agreements in 1996, the Guatemalan army has repeatedly denied the existence of military documents related to the internal armed conflict.
The Diario Militar, leaked in 1999 to National Security Archive researcher Kate Doyle, was a kind of logbook that revealed the fate of scores of Guatemalan citizens who were forcibly disappeared by security forces during the mid-1980s. It also revealed that the Guatemalan military kept detailed records of its death-squad operations. It included photographs of 183 people who were forcibly disappeared and coded references to their executions. To date, the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) has helped identify seven of the Diario Militar victims.*
New documents divulged by Judge Gálvez
The new documents revealed appear to all be previously unknown. Unlike the Diario Militar logbook, these documents provide detailed information about military counterinsurgency objectives, operations, and campaigns. They are of great importance because the military documents, which span from 1983 to 1990, could provide additional critical evidence for prosecutors and civil parties not only in the Diario Militar case but in other key grave crimes cases. Judge Gálvez’s revelation of the existence of these military documents marks a historic step forward for the victims’ right to truth and justice.
The documents, which remained under reserve until yesterday, were opened in court and copies were provided to the parties in the Diario Militar case. Among the documents are the key military “campaign plans” (planes de campaña) between 1983 and 1990. The military campaign plans revealed in yesterday’s hearing include:
Reencuentro Institucional 84
Estabilidad Nacional 85
Consolidacion Nacional 86
Fortalecimiento Institucional 89
These military campaign plans (in which the numbers in the title refer to the years of effect) document the operational activities of the army. In the context of the 1980s, they document the counterinsurgency operations conducted by the Guatemalan army that resulted in massive human rights violations, including 626 massacres, forced displacement, and enforced disappearance, according to the Historical Clarification Commission (CEH). One of the plans leaked in 1999 (Plan Firmeza 83), for example, outlines the military orders regarding psychological operations, the organization of civil defense patrols, intelligence matters, and counterinsurgency operations. (Plan “Firmeza 83-1,” among the plans revealed today, appears to be a separate document.)
The campaign plans are usually associated with operational plans (planes de operación) like Plan Sofía, which outlines a broad plan of operations and the mechanisms for its execution. Plan Sofía documented several massacres committed by the Guatemalan army in the Ixil region and was one of the key pieces of evidence used to convict former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt of genocide and crimes against humanity in 2013 (before the Constitutional Court partially suspended the hearings in the case, effectively vacating the verdict; after more than two years, the retrial in this case started on March 16).
Other developments in the Molina Theissen and Creompaz cases
New developments also occurred in the Molina Theissen and the Creompaz cases. In the Molina Theissen case, after the interruption of a hearingoriginally scheduled on Tuesday, March 29, another hearing was held on Thursday, March 31, to address the legal motions filed by defendant Hugo Ramiro Zaldaña Rojas. Judge Judith Secaida rejected both motions, one calling for his case to be heard in military court, and another calling for the proceedings to be transferred to Quetzaltenango, where the alleged crime occurred.
In the Creompaz case, a hearing is scheduled for today, April 1, in which seven witnesses will present their testimony before a pre-trial judge. The witnesses lived in the area where the Creompaz installation is located. They allege that they were forcibly removed from their homes and lands by the army in order to build the military base, known in the 1980s as Military Zone 21. The government prosecutor and civil parties in the case are requesting that these testimonies be introduced as evidence at this pre-trial phase of the proceedings in accordance with Guatemalan criminal procedure. Defense counsel for the 14 defendants in the case are expected to be present and to cross-examine the witnesses.
*The Open Society Justice Initiative has provided support on behalf of the family members of victims listed in the Diario Militar seeking to asset their right to truth in relation to the atrocities. For more information, please see the following case report.
Jo-Marie Burt is an associate professor of political science and director of Latin American Studies at George Mason University. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). Paulo Estrada contributed to the research and writing of this report.