Memory of Silence: The Guatemalan Truth Commission Report

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Daniel Rothenberg
Palgrave Macmillan, Mar 15, 2012 - Political Science - 320 pages
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Memory of Silence is an edited one-volume version of the Guatemalan Truth Commission report, presenting the definitive account of one of the most brutal cases of government repression in the Western Hemisphere, a thirty-four year conflict forged by the Cold War, strongly influenced by the United States' foreign policy, and so severe that the Commission determined that the state committed genocide against its own indigenous people. Despite its scope, significance, and impact, the conflict remains largely unknown outside the country, in part because until the publication of this book, the CEH report was largely unavailable in English and only available in Spanish in its unedited, twelve-volume form. Memory of Silence presents the voices of Guatemalan victims and the Commission's analysis of a conflict that created a culture of terror, forced neighbors to commit atrocities against each other, and killed over 200,000 people. Despite the difficult, painful, and tragic nature of the conflict, the Commission stated that its commitment to truth "should leave no room for despair" and should instead inspire Guatemalans and others around the world to pursue peace and the defense of fundamental human rights.

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DANIEL ROTHENBERG is a Professor of Practice and the executive director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He has over fifteen years' experience combining field research, project management, and scholarship on international human rights and the rule of law. His research focuses on human rights documentation and analysis and transitional justice, particularly truth commissions, amnesty laws, and reparations. He has designed and managed rule-of-law projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, and throughout Latin America, including programs to train human rights NGOs, aid indigenous peoples in using international legal remedies, and collect and analyze thousands of first-person narratives of victims of severe human rights violations. Before joining the faculty at ASU, he was the Managing Director of International Projects at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law, Senior Fellow at the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, and a Fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows. He is the author of various articles and monographs as well as With These Hands: The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today.

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