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Upcoming Events

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  • The Peaceful Resistance of La Puya (Guatemala)
    Starts: 12:00 PM
    Ends: October 9, 2014 - 1:00 PM
    Location: Kay Spiritual Life Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC, United States
    Description: Peace Brigades International-USA and AU Alternative Spring Break present:
    Human Rights Defender Alvaro Sandoval Palencia.
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  • The Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defenders Award
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Ends: October 28, 2014 - 8:30 PM
    Location: St. Stephen’s Church, Washington, DC
    Description: This event is a reception honoring the recipients of GHRC´s 2014 Human Rights Defenders Award — The Guatemalan Human Rights Law Firm. GHRC selected the Human Rights Law Firm for its unparalleled defense and promotion of human rights through its work accompanying victims and challenging injustice.

    The event will include remarks from the Firm’s founder, Attorney Edgar Pérez, who helped prosecute former Head of State Ríos Montt for genocide as well as other emblematic cases from Guatemala’s internal armed conflict.

    This event is free and open to the public. However, donations will be accepted at the door or can be made online.

    Doors will open at 6:00pm; the event starts at 7:00pm.
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GHRC is proud to announce that this year’s Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defender Award will be presented to the Guatemalan Human Rights Law Firm. Join us for a reception to celebrate the courageous efforts of these dedicated lawyers, and hear from Attorney Edgar Pérez who helped prosecute former Head of State Ríos Montt for genocide as well as other emblematic cases from Guatemala’s internal armed conflict.

RSVP now for the award ceremony

GHRC selected the Human Rights Law Firm for its unparalleled defense and promotion of human rights through its work accompanying victims and challenging injustice. The Firm has worked, first and foremost, to prosecute those responsible for egregious human rights violations during Guatemala´s internal armed conflict, and has represented human rights defenders falsely accused because of their work.

The Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defender’s Award recognizes an individual, organization, or community who has demonstrated a commitment to the defense of human rights through non-violent methods, and for which they have been exposed to threats, violence, or other attacks.