Scientists and Human Rights in Guatemala: Report of a Delegation

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Roughly 40 thousand people have been killed or made to "disappear" for political reasons in Guatemala during the last 30 years. Despite vows and some genuine efforts by the current government, human rights abuses and political killings continue.
Scientists and Human Rights in Guatemala presents a history of the violence and the research findings and conclusions of a 1992 delegation to Guatemala. The focus of the book is on the human rights concerns and the responses of the government and military authorities to those concerns. Background and status of an investigation into the political murder of an eminent Guatemalan anthropologist is presented along with an overview of the impact of the repression on universities, research institutions, and service and human rights organizations.

"Report on the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academy of Sciences and the Committee on Health and Human Rights of the Institute of Medicine, recording a trip made to Guatemala in 1992 that investigated the murder of anthropologist Myra Mack and focused attention on human rights problems in the country. Informative and well written"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309047937
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Guatemala, an Overview 1
Civilian Governments 1
A History of Violence 4
The Committees' Work in Guatemala 11
Visit to Guatemala, June 1991 13
The 1992 Mission 15
Terms of Reference 15
Government Perspectives 16
Universities and Research Institutions 29
Service and Human Rights Organizations 34
Findings and Conclusions 37
The Guatemalan Government 37
Nongovernmental Human Rights Efforts 38
International Support 39
Political Killings and Disappearances 39
The Case of Myrna Mack 40
Scientific Research 40
Appendix A: The Committees 43
Appendix B: Cases in Guatemala 45
Appendix C: Members of the Delegation 63
Appendix D: Guatemalan Judicial Procedure and the Mack Case 65
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