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Francisco Goldman

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Interview with Francisco Goldman

Francisco Goldman applies what he learned while writing his nonfiction account of the investigation of the murder of the Bishop Juan Gerardi to the current issues of impunity and the role of international justice in Guatemala. He speaks of the role of the UN in bolstering domestic efforts at establishing the truth about the nature of the violence of the military regime. He says that an initial “truth commission” established through church networks laid the grounds for later attempts at trials in Spain for members of the former Guatemalan military regime. Goldman also speaks of the effect that impunity has in the design of state-sponsored human rights abuse.