20 June 2009

Guatemala At-Risk?

Murder allegations against Guatemala's president threaten to topple the government and further intensify the deep divisions in a country still recovering from a 36-year civil war. The allegations stem from a recent video in which a prominent lawyer, Rodrigo Rosenberg, accused Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom and three others of murder and corruption.

Rosenberg, who recorded the video just days before he was shot dead, said in the video: "If you are hearing or seeing this message, it is because I was assassinated by President Álvaro Colom."

President Colom has denied any involvement in Rosenberg's murder and says the allegations are part of a right-wing plan to remove him from office. ...

Anita Isaacs recently visited Guatemala and writes about how the presidential scandal shines a spotlight on the country's efforts to deal with its painful wartime past. You can read her article HERE

You can also read Anita Isaac’s Prepared Remarks to the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, HERE.