Human and Environmental Justice in Guatemala

Edited by Stephen Henighan and Candace Johnson

© 2018

In 1996, the Guatemalan civil war ended with the signing of the Peace Accords, facilitated by the United Nations and promoted as a beacon of hope for a country with a history of conflict. Twenty years later, the new era of political protest in Guatemala is highly complex and contradictory: the persistence of colonialism, fraught indigenous-settler relations, political exclusion, corruption, criminal impunity, gendered violence, judicial procedures conducted under threat, entrenched inequality, as well as economic fragility.

Human and Environmental Justice in Guatemala examines the complexities of the quest for justice in Guatemala, and the realities of both new forms of resistance and long-standing obstacles to the rule of law in the human and environmental realms. Written by prominent scholars and activists, this book explores high-profile trials, the activities of foreign mining companies, attempts to prosecute war crimes, and cultural responses to injustice in literature, feminist performance art and the media. The challenges to human and environmental capacities for justice are constrained, or facilitated, by factors that shape culture, politics, society, and the economy. The contributors to this volume include Guatemalans such as the human rights activist Helen Mack Chang, the environmental journalist Magalí Rey Rosa, former Guatemalan Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz, as well as widely published Guatemala scholars.

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  • Page Count: 280 pages
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This book takes an interdisciplinary approach to the struggle for justice and human rights in the aftermath of armed conflict, and in the context of impunity. Topics include the justice system, foreign mining companies and the environment, democratic transition and cultural responses to the struggle for justice.

Human and Environmental Justice in Guatemala

Edited by Stephen Henighan and Candace Johnson

© 2018

In 1996, the Guatemalan civil war ended with the signing of the Peace Accords, facilitated by the United Nations and promoted as a beacon of hope for a country with a history of conflict. Twenty years later, the new era of political protest in Guatemala is highly complex and contradictory: the persistence of colonialism, fraught indigenous-settler relations, political exclusion, corruption, criminal impunity, gendered violence, judicial procedures conducted under threat, entrenched inequality, as well as economic fragility.

Human and Environmental Justice in Guatemala examines the complexities of the quest for justice in Guatemala, and the realities of both new forms of resistance and long-standing obstacles to the rule of law in the human and environmental realms. Written by prominent scholars and activists, this book explores high-profile trials, the activities of foreign mining companies, attempts to prosecute war crimes, and cultural responses to injustice in literature, feminist performance art and the media. The challenges to human and environmental capacities for justice are constrained, or facilitated, by factors that shape culture, politics, society, and the economy. The contributors to this volume include Guatemalans such as the human rights activist Helen Mack Chang, the environmental journalist Magalí Rey Rosa, former Guatemalan Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz, as well as widely published Guatemala scholars.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
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    "Human and Environmental Justice in Guatemala is a multi-textured collection, bringing together a number of distinct voices focused on both academia and activism in Guatemala. This collection makes a major contribution in several ways: it links the struggles for legal justice for human rights cases in Guatemala to the contemporary struggles over environmental rights; it shows how these struggles are transnational; and it shows how the impunity of the past is related to the impunity of the present, revealing how the different social struggles reverberate."


    Elizabeth Oglesby, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Arizona
  • Author Information

    Stephen Henighan is a professor and head of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at the University of Guelph.


    Candace Johnson is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph.
  • Table of contents

    Part One: Imagining Justice

    Chapter One: Introduction. Transitional, Transnational, and Distributive Justice in Guatemala
    Candace Johnson (University of Guelph)

    Chapter Two: Memory-Truth-Justice: The Crisis of the Living in the Search for Guatemala’s Dead and Disappeared
    Catherine Nolin (University of Northern British Columbia)

    Chapter Three: Transnational and Local Solidarities in the Struggle for Justice: Choc versus Padilla
    Kalowatie Deonandan (University of Saskatchewan) and Rebecca Tatham (University of Saskatchewan)

    Part Two: Justice in Practice

    Chapter Four :A Diary of Canadian Mining in Guatemala, 2004-2013
    Magalí Rey Rosa (Savia: School of Ecological Thought)

    Chapter Five: Impunity in Guatemala: A Never-Ending Battle
    Helen Mack Chang (The Myrna Mack Foundation)

    Chapter Six: Politics, Institutions, and the Prospects for Justice in Guatemala
    Claudia Paz y Paz (Organization of American States)

    Part Three: Cultural Responses to Injustice

    Chapter Seven: Scars that Run Deep: Performing Violence and Memory in the Work of Regina José Galindo and Rosa Chávez
    Rita M. Palacios (Concordia University)

    Chapter Eight: Human and Environmental Justice in the Work of Rodrigo Rey Rosa
    Stephen Henighan (University of Guelph)

    Chapter Nine: Press Clippings: The Daily News in Guatemala
    W. George Lovell (Queen’s University)

    Chapter Ten: Conclusion
    Stephen Henighan (University of Guelph) and Candace Johnson (University of Guelph)

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