Brave Women Break Silence and Impunity in Guatemala: The Sepur Zarco Case

Updated: Feb 20, 2019

For the first time a Guatemalan court has recognized sexual slavery as a crime against humanity and a weapon of war, applying international human rights standards. The sentence orders reparations measures to honour the women through health and housing programs, as well as measures to educate the next generations and the military about the severity of violence against women and respect for human rights.


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