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10, 1999 5:08 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Institute for
Husseini, (202) 347-0020;
David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
Clinton In Guatemala; Analysts Available For Interviews
- March 10 -
- KATE DOYLE, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.seas.gwu.edu/nsarchive
Director of the Guatemala Project at the National Security Archive, which
worked with the Commission for Historical Clarification, Doyle said:
"Though not all the relevant material was turned over to the `truth
commission,' the U.S. took the Commission's requests seriously and produced some
critical documents. I hope this is a harbinger for support of future human
rights investigations in the hemisphere. Now that the Guatemalan commission has
finished its work, the U.S. should establish its own truth commission to expose,
investigate and analyze our sometimes scandalous role in Latin America during
the Cold War."
- JENNIFER HARBURY
Director of the human rights program at Global Exchange
and author of "Searching for Everardo: A Story of Love, War and the CIA in
Guatemala," Harbury told the Institute for Public Accuracy today: "All
of us with concerns for human rights worldwide and especially in Guatemala must
feel very pleased with the recent `truth commission.' We must take careful note
of the commission director Christian Tomuschat's comments regarding U.S.
complicity and responsibility for the repression that took place. Now is the
time to carefully examine the role of the U.S. in the dirty wars throughout
- LARRY BIRNS, email@example.com, www.coha.org
Director of the Council on
Hemispheric Affairs, Birns said: "The Clinton administration has been more
forthcoming than any other in turning over information, but it has still refused
to release much of the documentation on the U.S. government's role in the
killings in Guatemala, and much of what it has released was blacked out.
Moreover, the U.S. has declined to urge other countries, like Argentina which
provided training, to cooperate with Guatemala as it tries to sort out the
facts.... Given the record of the region in terms of corruption, donors need to
beware when they give aid -- so that the money doesn't fall into the hands of
government officials; that's what happened after the 1974 hurricane."
- SR. ALICE ZACHMANN, firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder and director of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, Sr.
Zachmann said: "It is my hope that Clinton offers an apology for the U.S.
role in the killings, moves toward making reparations and carries out the
recommendations of the Clarification Commission report. The report confirmed
what human rights activists have been saying all these years: Over 200,000
people were killed and over 600 massacres took place. The U.S.-backed military
death squads carried out 93 percent of the killings, the guerrillas were
responsible for 3 percent. Because 83 percent of the victims were Mayan
indigenous -- long repressed -- the report classified it as genocide." The
Commission report is at: www.hrdata.aaas.org/ceh/report
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