Sending Office: Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
The staff of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission would like to bring to your attention an opportunity to meet with
Nery Rodenas, Director of the Office of Human Rights of the Archbishop of Guatemala (known by its Spanish acronym, ODHAG).
Mr. Rodenas will share his views on the challenges Guatemalans confront in the fight to end impunity for cases of organized crime and corruption as well as cases of grave human rights violations that occurred during Guatemala’s internal armed conflict. The
latter includes the case of three senior army officials charged with genocide and crimes against humanity against the Maya Ixil population during the government of Romeo Lucas García (1978-1982), in which ODHAG represents the victims.
DATE: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
TIME: 4:00 p.m.
PLACE: 421 Cannon
This meeting is open to Members of Congress, congressional staff and interns only. For any questions, please contact
Kimberly Stanton, ext. 5-3599.
Nery Rodenas is a lawyer and well-known human rights defender who directs the Office of Human Rights of the Archbishop of Guatemala, ODHAG, created in 1989 under the leadership of Bishop Juan Gerardi. ODHAG played a central role
in the REMHI project, an unprecedented effort by the Catholic Church to document the atrocities committed during Guatemala’s 36-year civil war. Bishop Gerardi was assassinated on April 28, 1998, two days after presenting REMHI’s final report,
Guatemala: Never Again.
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