A letter from the Guernica Centre for International Justice
While 2020 was a difficult year for many people, for the Guernica Centre for International Justice, it was a triumph of hope after 31 years of seeking justice and a 12-year-long litigation battle. Guernica was able to secure a conviction against Salvadoran Colonel Inocente Orlando Montano for ordering the 1989 massacre of the Jesuit priests, Ignacio Ellacuría, Ignacio Martín-Baró, Amando López, Joaquín López y López, Juan Ramón Moreno and Segundo Montes, their housekeeper Elba Julia Ramos and her daughter, Celina Maricet Ramos.
The September 2020 judgement by the Spanish National High Court serves as a strong reminder of the relevance of universal jurisdiction to hold perpetrators accountable in national courts.
The following video (which includes potentially disturbing footage) is an homage to the victims and to all who made this success possible.
This year, Guernica will be assisting Syrian civil society organizations in their efforts to confront denial of heinous crimes and seek justice; supporting Colombian victims; and assisting Nigerian lawyers and human rights defenders to jumpstart investigations after years of state repression.
You can follow the work of the Guernica Group by listening to their Guernica Accountability Podcast series
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