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Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Hails Genocide Conviction of Ex-Guatemalan Dictator Ríos Montt 1/2

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Published on May 15, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org - Days after Guatemala's former U.S.-backed dictator, Efraín Ríos Montt, was convicted of genocide, we're joined by a woman largely responsible for making sure he was brought to justice. Rigoberta Menchú began the process over a decade ago with legal cases filed against Guatemalan generals for atrocities committed in the Mayan region. Her lawsuits helped culminate last week in Ríos Montt's landmark guilty verdict and 80-year sentence for his role in the killings of more than 1,700 Ixil Mayan people. Menchú lost her father, mother and brother during the Guatemalan genocide, later winning the Nobel Peace Prize for her campaigning on behalf of Guatemala's indigenous population.

Watch Part 2 of this interview at http://youtu.be/_HbsrSIFgjw

"The conviction of Ríos Montt may provide an opportunity to close a chapter of our lives, a chapter of profound pain, [allowing] us to begin a new relationship amongst Guatemalans," Menchú says. "Because during the genocide, we felt so alone, we felt powerless, and we felt that nobody had our back. ... The fact the genocide was committed is [now] recognized means that nobody will ever forget."

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