On July 18, 1982, members of the Guatemalan Army and civil collaborators massacred 268 persons, most of them members of the indigenous Mayan people at the village of Plan de Sánchez. The State's violations of the American Convention on Human Rights include the denial of justice and other acts of intimidation and discrimination to the detriment of the survivors and the next of kin of the victims of the massacre. This case also deals with a situation of impunity regarding the massacre, which was allegedly carried out within the framework of a genocidal policy of the Guatemalan State with the intention of totally or partially destroying the Mayan indigenous people. Although Guatemala accepted full responsibility for the events, the Court still heard the case and ruled on the violations.
Case Summary: Plan de Sánchez Massacre v. Guatemala, Case Summary