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A Guatemalan court found Efrain Rios Montt guilty on Friday of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced him to 80 years in prison. Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin has been following the proceedings in Guatemala City. It is the first time a former head of state has been found guilty of genocide in his or her own country.
Also: Rwandan woman convicted of genocide bt international tribunal, First Lady Michelle Obama arrives in Botwana.
In January 2012, after 30 years of impunity, former Guatemalan general and dictator Efrain Rios Montt was indicted by a Guatemalan court for crimes against humanity. Against all odds, he was charged with committing genocide in the 1980s against the country's poor Mayan people. Learn more about the civil war and the genocide cases to come out of it.
See the relocation and genocide of Native Americans in this interactive map.
Tom Bearden reports on the push to use private satellites to document genocide from space.
The twentieth century saw the emergence of an ancient crime on a massive scale. Raphael Lemkin, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor, gave it a fitting name. Learn more about the origins of the word "genocide" in this excerpt from Samantha Power's Pulitzer Prize-winning book "A Problem from Hell."
President Obama signed a directive Thursday setting up an interagency board to come up with a coordinated governmental approach in the next four months to prevent mass atrocities and genocide.
With a new set of genocide trials set to begin, a new generation of Cambodians is learning about the country's violent and deadly history. This report is produced by University of California, Berkeley's School of Journalism students Jake Schoneker and Mark Oltmanns.
In Guatemala, investigators using forensic science have compelling evidence that thousands of innocent indigenous Ixil Mayans were the target of extermination in the 1980s. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports on how murder, politics and science intersect in the genocide trial of former leader Efrain Rios Montt.