International Organisations Applaud the Initiation of First Trial for Sexual Slavery and Violence

Updated: Feb 20, 2019

This will be the first time in the world that a national court has tried a case of wartime sexual slavery case – other cases have been heard in international criminal tribunals – and the first time in Guatemala that crimes of sexual violence have been tried as international crimes. The Guatemalan judicial system has been a pioneer in investigating complex crimes, demonstrating to other countries that confront similar challenges that it can be done, stated Leonor Arteaga, a program officer with the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF).

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