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The Guatemalan government’s inability to create effective mechanisms to address Indigenous grievances and ensure a peaceful resolution of conflicts has eroded governance in the area.

On Wednesday, nearly 800 people filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Johns Hopkins University for its role in a research study that infected more than 1,600 Guatemalans with sexually transmitted diseases in the 1940s and 1950s.

Three Guatemalan journalists were killed and another seriously injured last week, exposing the high price to pay for reporting in the nation’s provinces.

During a recent visit to Guatemala on March 2, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden praised the achievements made by the UN-sponsored Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala , but Central American leaders seem to differ.

Last Friday, Judge Claudia Escobar announced in a statement that a number of Guatemalan judges are being harassed and persecuted after speaking out against corruption during the election of the new Supreme Court and Appellate Court magistrates in 2014.

In response to accords to establish a lower monthly minimum wage of 1,500 quetzales ($196.6) in the Guatemalan municipalities of Estanzuela, Masagua, San Augustine and Guastatoya, protesters blocked at least 22 roads in various parts of the country, including border areas and major highways.

Alfonso Portillo's potential return to Guatemalan politics will change the political climate and force opponents and voters to make tough decisions in September’s election.

Despite Arredondo’s conviction for the 1980 burning of the Spanish Embassy in Guatemala City, the masterminds of the crime—and other acts of state terrorism in Guatemala at the time—remain untouchable. 

The resumption of the genocide trial against former Guatemalan president Efraín Ríos Montt ended as confusingly as it began, in a theatrical first day of renewed proceedings on Monday. 

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