The Common Good
March-April 2001

A Righteous Light

by Rose Marie Berger, Susannah Hunter | March-April 2001

Jennifer Harbury's eight-year fight for justice in the death of her husband,
Guatemalan resistance leader Efrain Bamaca Velasquez, has ended in victory.

Jennifer Harbury's eight-year fight for justice in the death of her husband, Guatemalan resistance leader Efrain Bamaca Velasquez, has ended in victory. Last December the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American States found the Guatemalan military guilty of secret detention, torture, and "extrajudicial execution" as well as obstruction of justice in Bamaca's case. "Despite everything, I draw great hope and inspiration from this powerful court decision," said Harbury. "This ruling applies to military officials throughout the Americas, including the United States. I hope that our own CIA reflects deeply on this legal mandate."

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