9781487522971 (paperback) 1487522975 (paperback) 9781487503895 148750389X
"In 1996, the Guatemalan civil war ended with the signing of the Peace Accords, facilitated by the United Nations and promoted as a beacon of hope for a country with a history of conflict. Twenty years later, the new era of political protest in Guatemala is highly complex and contradictory: the persistence of colonialism, fraught indigenous-settler relations, political exclusion, corruption, criminal impunity, gendered violence, judicial procedures conducted under threat, entrenched inequality, as well as economic fragility. Human and Environmental Justice in Guatemala examines the complexities of the quest for justice in Guatemala, and the realities of both new forms of resistance and long-standing obstacles to the rule of law in the human and environmental realms. Written by prominent scholars and activists, this book explores high-profile trials, the activities of foreign mining companies, attempts to prosecute war crimes, and cultural responses to injustice in literature, feminist performance art and the media. The challenges to human and environmental capacities for justice are constrained, or facilitated, by factors that shape culture, politics, society, and the economy. The contributors to this volume include Guatemalans such as the human rights activist Helen Mack Chang, the environmental journalist Magalí Rey Rosa, former Guatemalan Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz, as well as widely published Guatemala scholars."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction: Transitional, transnational, and distributive justice in post-war Guatemala / Candace Johnson Memory, truth, justice : the crisis of the living in the search for Guatemala's dead and disappeared / Catherine Nolin Transnational and local solidarities in the struggle for justice : Choc versus Padilla / Kalowatie Deonandan and Rebecca Tatham A diary of Canadian mining in Guatemala, 2004-2013 / Magalí Rey Rosa Impunity in Guatemala : a never-ending battle / Helen Mack Chang Politics, institutions, and the prospects for justice in Guatemala / Claudio Paz y Paz Scars that run deep : performing violence and memory in the work of Regina José Galindo and Rosa Chávez / Rita M. Palacios Human and environmental justice in the work of Rodrigo Rey Rosa / Stephen Henighan Press clippings : the daily news in Guatemala / W. George Lovell Conclusion / Stephen Henighan and Candace Johnson.
KGD3003 .H86 2018
Toronto : University of Toronto Press,