Disappearing Persons

Two women show the portrait of a missing man on February 25, 2013 in Guatemala City, on the Day of the Dignification of Victims, which commemorates the anniversary of the publication of the Truth Commission’s report. The 1999 UN report signaled that more than 200,000 people died or disappeared during the 36-year conflict (1960-1996) in Guatemala and held Guatemala’s Army responsible of 93 percent of the crimes.

The former US-backed dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt who presided over one of the bloodiest periods of Guatemala’s civil war will stand trial on charges he ordered the murder, torture and displacement of thousands of Mayan Indians, a judge has ruled on January 2013.

[ Credit : Johan Ordonez / AFP / Getty Images ]

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