An interesting development has recently taken place in Guatemala where members of Congress were asked to vote on whether or not genocide occurred there. The result was 87 out of 111 who voted that genocide did not occur.
I don’t know how many of them were called as expert witnesses in the genocide case taken against former de facto president, Efraín Ríos Montt last year.
As you remember, the case was made and he was convicted, only for the judicial system to weigh in behind those who were threatened by the verdict – namely the military and the elites of the country.
The vote, of course, also benefits the current president, Otto Pérez Molina.
The president of Congress, Arístides Crespo, stated, “what we as a Congress are saying is let’s forget the past and start working to search for harmony, peace and reconciliation”.
An interesting justification though hardly surprising in a country where impunity reigns.
This statement conveniently ignores the fact that without justice, one cannot move towards reconciliation and peace.