Between December 6 and 8, 1982, there was a massive massacre in Las Dos Erres, a small village in the municipality of La Libertad, in the Petén department of Guatemala. The massacre, carried out by Guatemalan soldiers during the de facto presidency of General José Efraín Ríos Montt as part of a counterinsurgency force named kaibiles, resulted in the deaths of 251 people, including men, women, and children. The alleged indiscriminate and permissive use of judicial resources, the unjustified delay by the judicial authorities, and the lack of an exhaustive investigation, prosecution, and punishment of those responsible was still pending at the time this case came before the Court. The Court found that the State violated the American Convention on Human Rights, the American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women and the American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture.
Case Summary: Las Dos Erres Massacre v. Guatemala, Case Summary