Do Cry for Me, Guatemala

In a decision with bitter repercussions, on 10 May 2013 Guatemalan ex-dictator Jose Efraín Rios Montt was sentenced to 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity. This victory happened after an unwarranted suspension of the trial and delaying tactics on the part of Montt’s legal team. Continue reading Do Cry for Me, Guatemala

Old Nazis – why they should still be prosecuted

Many people believe it no longer matters if alleged Nazi era criminals – most of them now in their eighties or nineties – are brought to trial. “It was a long time ago”, “Let them be”, “They are too old”. But for many others – survivors of the concentration camps, the descendants of victims, and ordinary people with a sense of what is right – justice must be seen to be done. Continue reading Old Nazis – why they should still be prosecuted

Britain’s chance to confront the ghosts of past genocides

Nearly 70 years after the event, Britain is planning a memorial to the Holocaust so that future generations will not forget. But the real question is what will they remember? Continue reading Britain’s chance to confront the ghosts of past genocides