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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.
Armenians, community members and lawmakers mark the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. 2.5 Million Armenians were killed in 1915 in the Ottoman Empire. 99 years later violence and religious intolerance still exists in the region. Turkey continues to deny that the Armenian Genocide ever took place. The Central Valley is home to one of the largest Armenian populations in the country.
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.
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."