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Event: “Truth, Trials, and Memory: an Accounting of Transitional Justice in El Salvador and Guatemala”

The Human Rights Program, The Centre for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, and the Institute for Global Studies of the University of Minnesota present the event:

Truth, Trials, and Memory: an Accounting of Transitional Justice in El Salvador and Guatemala

Almudena Bernabeu, cofounder and codirector of the Guernica Group, will participate in the November 3rd Panel “Trials: the Precedents and possibilities for accountability“, where -among other topics- she will discuss the imminent extradition of former Salvadoran Colonel Inocente Orlando Montano from U.S. to Spain, where he faces charges of murder and terrorism for his role as a commander in the killing of six Jesuits priests, their housewife and her daughter during 1989 at the University of Central America in San Salvador.

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Date: Nov. 1-3, 2017.

Venue: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs,

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

The following is the conference schedule:

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The organizers have published the following invitation: 

Join us as we revisit two ground-breaking cases to consider the role of truth, memory, and justice in today’s complex human rights terrain. Upon the 25th and 20th anniversaries of the truth commissions established in El Salvador and Guatemala, respectively, we will convene a set of dialogues, presentations, and film screenings to explore domestic and international accountability processes.

Joined by an array of central actors, including the truth commissioners, judges and prosecutors in key human rights trials, as well as family members, expert witnesses, government officials and human rights defenders, we will explore the lessons learned from the transitional justice processes that both countries have experienced.

Highlighted events include a Wednesday evening keynote by Pablo de Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, offering personal reflections on how ideas and processes related to transitional justice have evolved, a Thursday evening (7pm) St. Anthony Main Theatre film screening of “500 Years,” a documentary about the trial of ex-President Rios Montt, and a Friday evening (5pm) screening of “La Batalla del Volcán,” recounting the return of veterans, guerillas, and soldiers to the site of the final battle of the Salvadoran civil war.

The keynote and two-day conference is free and open to the public.

Link to the full conference schedule: https://z.umn.edu/TTM2017

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Presented by the Human Rights Program, Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, and the Institute for Global Studies.

Co-sponsored by the University Departments of History, Political Science, and Spanish & Portuguese Studies; Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy; Human Rights Center; Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change; Comparative Politics Colloquium; and the Master of Human Rights Degree Program.


Made possible with support from the Arsham & Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation and the Imagine Fund at the University of Minnesota

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