The Guatemala Human Rights Commission (GHRC) posted a Memorial page to Dianna Ortiz, OSU, who died on February 19, 2021, at 62 years old.
She fought for the rights of all and fought bravely.
Dianna worked at the Guatemala Human Rights Commission from 1994 to 2002. A survivor of torture in Guatemala, Dianna bravely pursued her case through the Guatemalan court system in the early 90s, to no avail, and bravely continued fighting for the rights of survivors of torture, founding the Torture Abolition and Survivor’s Support Coalition in 1998, as a project of GHRC.
In 1996 Dianna conducted a highly publicized vigil and hunger strike in front of the White House to request the declassification of all US government documents related to cases of human rights abuse in Guatemala since 1954. The State Department made a voluntary release of thousands of pages of documents that illustrated US complicity with the Guatemalan government in its brutal and genocidal campaign against the Mayan indigenous and against armed insurgents, human rights defenders, and others working for change.
Dianna was an example of strength, generosity of spirit, and courage. All who knew her were touched by her and all she touched was improved. We are blessed to have had her with us at GHRC and we know she will remain with us in spirit and with all who fight for human rights.
You can read the full Memorial to Dianna Ortiz, here, Dianna Ortiz Memorial.