RSVP - 2019 Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defenders Award Ceremony
When: December 16, 2019, 6:00pm -8:30pm
Address: St. Stephen, Church, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington, DC 20010
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2019 Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defenders Award Ceremony
The Guatemalan Human Rights Commission - GHRC/USA - is honored to announce that the 2019 recipient of the Alica Zachman Human Rights Defender's Award is the Rabinal Community Legal Clinic, and will be accepted by their legal representative, Paulina Ixpata.
The Rabinal Legal Clinic is led by a group of women who have courageously pursued justice for rapes carried out during the Achi genocide. Civil Patrollers arrested for these heinous crimes were released earlier this year by a pro-impunity judge while congress was attempting to push through an impunity law, and the victims, Paulina among them, are under threat.
The Rabinal Community Law Firm (Asococacion Bufete Juridico Popular de Rabinal) was created more than 15 years ago with the intention of giving legal accompaniment to survivors and family members of victims of the Achi genocide perpetrated in the late 1970s and early 1980s by de facto governments against the indigenous civilian population. The Community Law Firm has been part of an extraordinary grassroots effort to ensure justice for crimes of the past, from unearthing some of the first clandestine graves to being some of the first litigators to prosecute military officers and civil defense patrollers for crimes against humanity, which in many ways led to the genocide trial against Rios Montt and other high profile transitional justice cases against the former military high command.
Since 2012, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission has presented the annual the Alice Zachmann Human Rights Award to human rights defenders in Guatemala. The Alice Zachmann Human Rights Award recognizes commitment to promoting respect for human rights, even when confronted by threats and violence. This award aims to protect human rights defenders at risk of suffering acts of violence and other attacks, and honors the legacy of Sister Alice Zachmann who founded GHRC in 1982, and directed the organization tirelessly over 20 years.
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