Washington, DC, December 4, 2013 — The landmark report on the Guatemalan police archives, From Silence to Memory: Revelations of the AHPN, has been made available in a new English translation issued by the University of Oregon. The publication — with a preface by the National Security Archive’s Kate Doyle — is a history of the National Police before and during Guatemala’s armed conflict. It is also a guide to navigating the millions of pages of police files preserved and publicly accessible in the Historical Archive of the National Police, and an analysis of several cases of police involvement in operations of surveillance, illegal detention, interrogation, execution, and cover-up — all committed in support of a brutal counterinsurgency state.
NY Review of Books features the report in an article by Stephen Kinzer
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 448
Posted December 3, 2013
Edited By Kate Doyle
For more information contact:
Kate Doyle 202/994 7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, D.C., March 19, 2013 – The groundbreaking genocide trial of Efraín Ríos Montt, retired army general and former dictator of Guatemala, opens today with the presentation of the prosecution’s first witnesses. The trial will take place despite repeated efforts by defense lawyers to halt the proceedings with legal appeals and a bid for amnesty. On March 12, the Constitutional Court rejected the amnesty request once and for all, clearing the way for the trial to begin.
Along with his former intelligence chief, José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, Ríos Montt stands accused of masterminding a violent counterinsurgency campaign during his 1982-83 regime that sought to destroy opposing guerrilla forces and anyone who supported them. The indictment accuses the two men of responsibility for fifteen documented massacres in the Ixil region of the country’s Quiché department, resulting in the deaths of 1,771 unarmed men, women and children (…) http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB419/
For ongoing trial summaries, commentary and analysis, see a new Website launched by the Open Society Justice Initiative in partnership with the National Security Archive, the International Center for Transitional Justice, CEJIL and the Guatemalan on-line news site Plaza Pública: http://www.riosmontt-trial.org/
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 378
3 mayo 2012
En el 25 abril de 2012, Kate Doyle, analista y directora del Proyecto de Documentación de Guatemala en el Archivo de Seguridad Nacional, testificó ante la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) (no bec that’s the acronym for commission, just leave it out) durante el cuadragésimo quinto periodo extraordinario de sesiones en Guayaquil, Ecuador. El peritaje de Doyle fue seguido por preguntas del equipo legal de los peticionarios, y 45 minutos de preguntas por los siete jueces. Los representantes del Estado no tuvieron preguntas.
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 373
Washington, D.C., March 1, 2012 — Today marks the 30th anniversary of the coup that propelled General Efrain Rios Montt to power and launched the most violent period of the 36-year internal armed conflict in Guatemala. The National Security Archive and the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) mark the coup anniversary with the publication today of NACLA Report on the Americas, “Central America: Legacies of War,” containing feature article by National Security Archive’s Kate Doyle on “Justice in Guatemala.” http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB373/index.htm
A product of broad international collaboration, these digitized documents from the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive (AHPN) aim to facilitate scholarly and legal research into a vast cache of historical documentation. The discovery of the National Police Historical Archive in 2005 opened an extensive and timely resource for the study of Guatemalan history and human rights in the region, spanning a broad array of topics from Guatemala’s armed conflict between 1960 and 1996 to the sexually transmitted disease experiments performed at the behest of the United States government in the 1940s. The Archive is presented online here for the first time.
This site currently includes over 10 million scanned images of documents from the National Police Historical Archive. This digital archive mirrors and extends the physical archive that remains preserved in Guatemala as an important historical patrimony of the Guatemalan people.
To make best use of this resource, we suggest taking some time to read the tutorial and examples found on the About this Site page, learning the organizational structure of the National Police, and then patiently exploring the archive. This is not a full text search engine like Google, but rather the digital iteration of what you would encounter working in the massive paper archive in Guatemala. When you go to an archive, you will seldom find the exact document you are looking for right away. It will often take many hours of investigation to find relevant documents, if they exist at all. This Archive is arranged in accordance with the professional archival principles of provenance and original order to reflect the Guatemalan National Police administrative structure, and understanding that structure is a valuable way to start.
AHPN: Digitized Documents is a collaborative project of the University of Texas’ Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, and Benson Latin American Collection, with the Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional de Guatemala. We hope this resource will serve to promote a better understanding of the social and political history of Guatemala and will facilitate the search for truth and respect for human rights in the region.
Former Guatemalan Soldier Convicted to Ten Years for Lying About Role in Dos Erres Massacre.
Declassified documents show that U.S. officials knew the Guatemalan Army was responsible for the 1982 mass murder.
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 316; Updated – September 16, 2010
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This research guide will provide students an introduction to the primary, secondary and reference material available on the study of the Atlantic African diaspora. It will also provide an introduction to the principal scholars, texts, schools, methodologies, and subjects of the field. It will finish with several considerations on the trajectory of the field of Atlantic African diaspora study
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