The bravery of the women of Sepur Zarco has led to the establishment, on October 14th, 2014, of groundbreaking national charges against perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict. They have fought and campaigned for years for legal prosecution against those who enslaved, sexual violated, and murdered their community. Their efforts have proved successful and a trial will be held.
From Luz Mendez in Americas Program:
"On Oct. 14, 2014 Guatemala’s Court for High-Risk Crimes ruled to open trial against two members of the Army for sexual slavery and domestic slavery against q’eqchís women in the military outpost of Sepur Zarco and other serious crimes perpetrated in the framework of the government counterinsurgency policies during the armed conflict.
At the public hearing, Judge Miguel Angel Galvez ruled that there are sufficient elements for open the trial against colonel Esteelmer Reyes Girón, former chief of the Sepur Zarco military outpost, and Heriberto Valdéz Asij, former military commissioner in the region. Reyes will be judged for the crimes against humanity of sexual violence and sexual slavery, domestic slavery, and assassination of Dominga Coc and her two young daughters on the base. Valdez will face charges for crimes against humanity of sexual violence and forced disappearance."
Learn more: http://www.cipamericas.org/archives/13315