A Collaboration with University of Pittsburgh   

Guatemala ordered to apologize for 1982 violence during civil war

[JURIST] Guatemala formally apologized on Monday for a government-ordered massacre that occurred during the country's civil war [Wikipedia backgrounder] on July 18, 1982, taking the lives of 226. Vice President Eduardo Stein made the acknowledgement in a small town north of Guatemala City, expressing remorse for the army's action that "wipe[d] out an entire community." The apology comes in response to an order last fall from the Inter-American Human Rights Court [official website] requiring an apology and payments to survivors totaling almost $8 million. The civil war did not end until 1996 with a UN-brokered peace treaty. AP has more.

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.