Documents prove that Ríos Montt ordered the indigenous genocide in Guatemala

Documentation that the Guatemalan army, under the Efraín Ríos Montt, carried out a campaign in the summer of 1982 deliberately aimed at massacring thousands of indigenous peasants, has just been presented as evidence to the Spanish National Court. 

Kate Doyle, from the National Security Archive, presented the documentation to Judge Santiago Pedraz in Madrid, who is investigating the genocide of indigenous Maya in Guatemala.  

The files on “Operation Sofia” detail official responsibility for what the 1999 UN-sponsored Historical Clarification Commission determined were “acts of genocide against groups of Mayan people.”   

The National Security Archive Guatemala Project has a report here. More can be found, in Spanish, by David Brooks, on albedrío.

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