Guatemala Sepur Zarco Trial Updates

According to Impunity Watch’s work to promote accountability for past atrocities in countries emerging from a violent past, we have followed closely the development of the Sepur Zarco Case of acts of sexual violence and domestic and sexual slavery committed from 1982 to 1986 by members of the Guatemalan army against Maya Q’eqchi’women and the forced disappearance of several men. We have kept close cooperation with the Breaking the Silence and Impunity Alliance, promoters of the case.

We believe the realisation of trial is in accordance to the commitments of the state to the UNSC resolutions on women, peace and security (such as 1325), which recognise that sexual violence in conflict constitutes a war crime, a crime against humanity, or a constitutive act with respect to genocide; stresses the need for the exclusion of sexual violence crimes from amnesty provisions and that the state members have the obligation to prosecute the persons responsible for these acts.

Impunity Watch has given political support for the case, in collaboration with other national and international organisations during the “Dialogues between women peace builders” a meeting between the Q’eqchí women and judicial authorities was held; IW facilitated advisory workshops with strategic litigation experts on crimes of sexual violence in conflict; and is currently monitoring the developments of the trial.

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