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Spotlight on Guatemala : dismantling peace and reparations (Podcast)

(2021) In Podcasts - Justice Visions 2(Episode 4).
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  • VICTPART (Righting Victim Participation in Transitional Justice - VictPart)
Abstract
In July 2020, President Alejandro Giammattei issued a series of decrees closing down several institutions created to comply with the Peace Accords signed by the Guatemalan State in 1996. One of these decrees: a) closes the Peace Secretariat (SEPAZ), an institution tasked with managing the National Program of Reparations (PNR) for the victims of the armed conflict, and b) orders the transfer of the PNR to the Ministry of Social Development. Neither victims nor civil society organizations were included in the decision-making process that went behind these decrees. Several legal actions have been filed by victims and civil society to abrogate them. In this episode, Tine Destrooper and Gretel Mejía talk to Rocío Herrera, a Guatemalan human rights lawyer working at the Human Rights Law Firm, a Guatemalan NGO that provides legal support in one of these actions. She addresses the implications of the decrees on victims’ access to an adequate, effective, and integral reparation, and on the realities of working with victim communities in pandemic times. Rocío highlights the resilience of Guatemalan people and talks about other intersecting topics, such as the role of strategic litigation to overcome setbacks to transitional justice, and how actors, such as academic centres, can contribute to these interventions. Amicus curiae briefs are examples of these strategies, which explain human rights standards and obligations to the court.
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Guatemala, Transitional Justice, Reparations, Human Rights Law, Victim Participation

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MLA
Destrooper, Tine, and Gretel Mejia Bonifazi. Spotlight on Guatemala : Dismantling Peace and Reparations (Podcast). Vol. 2, no. Episode 4, Justice Visions Research Group Ghent University, 2021.
APA
Destrooper, T., & Mejia Bonifazi, G. (2021). Spotlight on Guatemala : dismantling peace and reparations (Podcast). Ghent: Justice Visions Research Group Ghent University.
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Destrooper, Tine, and Gretel Mejia Bonifazi. 2021. “Spotlight on Guatemala : Dismantling Peace and Reparations (Podcast).” Ghent: Justice Visions Research Group Ghent University.
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Destrooper, Tine, and Gretel Mejia Bonifazi. 2021. “Spotlight on Guatemala : Dismantling Peace and Reparations (Podcast).” Ghent: Justice Visions Research Group Ghent University.
Vancouver
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Destrooper T, Mejia Bonifazi G. Spotlight on Guatemala : dismantling peace and reparations (Podcast). Vol. 2. Ghent: Justice Visions Research Group Ghent University; 2021.
IEEE
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T. Destrooper and G. Mejia Bonifazi, “Spotlight on Guatemala : dismantling peace and reparations (Podcast),” vol. 2, no. Episode 4. Justice Visions Research Group Ghent University, Ghent, 2021.
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In this episode, Tine Destrooper and Gretel Mejía talk to Rocío Herrera, a Guatemalan human rights lawyer working at the Human Rights Law Firm, a Guatemalan NGO that provides legal support in one of these actions. She addresses the implications of the decrees on victims’ access to an adequate, effective, and integral reparation, and on the realities of working with victim communities in pandemic times.

Rocío highlights the resilience of Guatemalan people and talks about other intersecting topics, such as the role of strategic litigation to overcome setbacks to transitional justice, and how actors, such as academic centres, can contribute to these interventions. Amicus curiae briefs are examples of these strategies, which explain human rights standards and obligations to the court.}},
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