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This work has nothing to do with the dead

The Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation was founded in 1991 to identify victims of a thirty-year civil war between the government and leftist guerillas, many of them from the indigenous Mayan population. Both sides engaged in human rights violations during the war. But the Guatamalan military and National Police committed crimes on a vast scale, according to Eric Stover, who investigated human rights violations throughout Latin America.

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Increasingly, impunity is under attack — from human rights investigators determined to hold war criminals accountable for the most distant crimes. The Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation was founded in 1991 to identify victims of a thirty-year civil war between the government and leftist guerillas, many of them from the indigenous Mayan population. Both sides engaged in human rights violations during the war. But the Guatamalan military and National Police committed crimes on a vast scale, according to Eric Stover, who investigated human rights violations throughout Latin America.

During the Cold War countless civilians were murdered throughout Latin America by military regimes intent on destroying political opposition. Only in Guatemala did the slaughter reach the point of genocide.

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