Join NISGUA and GHRC in calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to deny certification of DOS funds to Guatemala
|"We need more teachers and not military brigades." Photo: PrensaComunitaria|
Currently, State Department funds may only go to the Guatemalan Army if the Secretary of State certifies that the Army:
- Has a narrowly defined mission focused on border security and external threats, and a credible plan to end the Army’s involvement in internal law enforcement.
- Cooperates with civilian investigations and prosecutions of human rights cases involving current and retired military officers.
- Publicly discloses all military archival documents related to the internal armed conflict in a timely manner in response to requests by civilian judicial authorities.
In addition, this year, the US Congress approved special conditions for reinstatement of aid, contingent upon the Guatemalan government taking credible steps toward implementing the 2010 reparations plan for the communities affected by the Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam. Over 3,000 people were affected by the dam, including 444 people massacred and several communities completely inundated when the dam was built in the early 1980s.
|Otto Pérez Molina in Santa Cruz Barillas with soldiers and special forces Kaibiles.|
Photo: Simone Dalmass
The persecution, criminalization and repression carried out by Otto Pérez Molina’s military government and the Guatemalan state aim to minimize or put an end to the opposition to the implementation of mining exploitation projects. --- Departmental Assembly of Huehuetenango (ADH)
Why should the US maintain restrictions on military aid?
- Survivors have not seen justice for the atrocities carried out by the military. This neglect has been demonstrated by survivors of the Guatemalan genocide who have filed a complaint in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against the Guatemalan State for the denial of justice to witnesses involved in the genocide trial
- Peaceful communities have suffered military repression, and leaders are increasingly criminalized for their work defending human rights, territory and natural resources.
- Guatemala clearly does not meet conditions necessary to receive military aid defined by the US Department of State, as the Guatemalan Army expands its role in law enforcement, and refuses to disclose some documents related to the internal armed conflict.
Download NISGUA's Background on US Military Aid to Guatemala for additional information. Print our petition in English or Spanish, circulate it in your community and mail to: NISGUA PO Box 70494 Oakland, CA 94612.