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Noble Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú sues High Court justices for discrimination


Nobel Peace Prize laureate has filed two discrimination lawsuits against Guatemalan Constitutional Court (CC) Justices that threw out international warrants for the arrest of former military officials accused of genocide. Meanwhile, Santiago Pedraz has called the media worldwide (newspapers, radio, television, and digital media) to invite victims of Human Right abuses and people interested in this case to cooperate in the investigation, since the Court has decided not to.

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Two discrimination lawsuits were filed yesterday against the Constitutional Court magistrates by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú and the Coordinación Genocidio Nunca Más organization (Genocide, Never again) before the Judiciary and the Human Rights Office.

Menchú's legal action responded to the Constitutional Court's decision of December 12th to decline to honor the arrest and extradition warrants against former officials Ángel Aníbal Guevara Rodríguez and Pedro García Arredondo. Said measure also benefited Efraín Ríos Montt, Germán Chupina Barahona, Benedicto Lucas, Donaldo Álvarez and Pedro García Arredondo.

"We claim that this ruling discriminates against 667 massacre victims, as pointed out by the Spanish Court. 93% of these atrocities were perpetrated by Guatemalan officials and 83% of the victims were Mayans. This evidences that this crime really took place," Menchú said.

Menchú added that they had anticipated that the Guatemalan Court would make such a ruling because "as it is clear now to the Spanish authorities, in this country there is no justice". "However, we are filled with joy and pride that 13 witnesses will testify in the case," Menchú pointed out.

Meanwhile, in order to repudiate the Guatemalan Court's ruling, Spanish judge Santiago Pedraz decided on January 16th, 2008 that the tribunal has jurisdiction over the case of these Guatemalan officials accused of genocide. He invited people damaged by or victims and witnesses of these abuses or any other person who may give relevant and pertinent information ABOUT THE GENOCIDE OF THE MAYAN PEOPLE IN GUATEMALA AND RELATED CRIMES to get in contact with this Court.



Translation by Pamela Gulijczuk
on 02/02/2008
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