Memory of Silence: The Guatemalan Truth Commission Report

Paperback | March 15, 2012

EditorDaniel Rothenberg

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Memory of Silence is an edited one-volume version of the Guatemalan Truth Commission report, presenting the definitive account of one of the most brutal cases of government repression in the Western Hemisphere, a thirty-four year conflict forged by the Cold War, strongly influenced by the United States' foreign policy, and so severe that the Commission determined that the state committed genocide against its own indigenous people. Despite its scope, significance, and impact, the conflict remains largely unknown outside the country, in part because until the publication of this book, the CEH report was largely unavailable in English and only available in Spanish in its unedited, twelve-volume form. Memory of Silence presents the voices of Guatemalan victims and the Commission's analysis of a conflict that created a culture of terror, forced neighbors to commit atrocities against each other, and killed over 200,000 people. Despite the difficult, painful, and tragic nature of the conflict, the Commission stated that its commitment to truth "should leave no room for despair" and should instead inspire Guatemalans and others around the world to pursue peace and the defense of fundamental human rights.

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Memory of Silence is an edited one-volume version of the Guatemalan Truth Commission report, presenting the definitive account of one of the most brutal cases of government repression in the Western Hemisphere, a thirty-four year conflict forged by the Cold War, strongly influenced by the United States' foreign policy, and so severe th...

DANIEL ROTHENBERG is a Professor of Practice and the executive director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He has over fifteen years' experience combining field research, project management, and scholarship on international human rights and the rule of law. H...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 10.51 × 6.03 × 0.64 inPublished:March 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340245

ISBN - 13:9780230340244

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Preface - Christian Tomuschat * Introduction: Facing La Violencia: The Importance of the Guatemalan Truth Commission - Daniel Rothenberg * Prologue * PART I: Human Rights Violations and Acts of Violence * Extrajudicial Executions and Disappearances...Forced Disappearance of the Members of the National Labor Confederation (CNT) in Guatemala City and on the 'Emaus Medio Monte' Ranch * Torture...Torture in the Military Zone of Playa Grande, Ixcan, Department of Quiche * Forced Displacement...Death by Forced Displacement, Chiche, Quiche Municipality * Massacres...Massacre at las Dos Erres * Rape and Sexual Violence...Maya K'iche Women Victims of Rape in the Department of Quiche * Genocide...Massacre en la Finca San Francisco Nentón, Huehuetenango * Acts of Violence...Kidnapping of Romeo Augusto de León, Baltasar Morales de la Cruz,and Héctor Menéndez de la Riva by the Rebel Armed Forces (FAR) * PART II: Key Actors in the Conflict and Their Strategies * Strategies and Units of the Military and the State...PAC Members Forced to Kill Other PAC Members * Strategies of the Guerilla Organizations...Arbitrary Execution of Six Members of the Guerilla Army of the Poor by Their Own Organization * Part III: Consequences and Effects of the Violence * Terror, its Effects and the Institutional Weakening of the State...Forced Transfer of Children Who Survived the Massacre in Río Negro Municipality of Rabinal, Baja Verapaz * Facing the Violence...Arbitrary Execution of Myrna Elizabeth Mack Chang * PART IV: Conclusions: Tragedy of the Armed Confrontation * PART V: Recommendations * Tables * Afterword "No Room for Despair": The Impact of the CEH - Daniel Rothenberg * Further Readings - Michelle Bellino * Note on the Translation * Acknowledgments * Appendices