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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.
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.
GHRC will also recognize Dr. César Barrientos posthumously for his contributions to the justice system in Guatemala.
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.