Guatemala: Cristina Chiquín, Women’s Rights, and The Maya Genocide Trial of Ríos Montt In a courtroom in Guatemala, the argument a lawyer used to justify violence against women was that it was not his defendant’s fault but “it was the women’s fault for being part of the war and getting in the army’s way”. The lawyer was defending an infamous client --ex-general Efraín Ríos Montt -- who has just been sentenced to 80 years imprisonment for crimes against humanity and genocide committed during…
Sierra de Perijá, a mountain range in the state of Zulia in northern Venezuela, is the home of the Yukpa. A flora and fauna sanctuary, the sierra is under threat from mining projects, corruption, and violence exerted by cattle ranchers on the indigenous inhabitants. In this part of the world cattle ranchers are heavily armed. Fugitives from the law are continuously arriving from the state of Guajira and from Colombia. “Picture a place where hired murderers, paramilitaries, guerrillas and fugitives…
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