In August, 1991, PHR published Getting Away With Murder, a report which details two forensic missions which examined the flawed medical and scientific procedures applied in the few death investigations that were conducted in Guatemala.
Since that time, PHR has returned to Guatemala for other investigations, most recently for an environmental assessment examining the health and environmental impacts of the Marlin Mine, a Canadian-owned goldmine in southwestern Guatemala.
The Outer Limits - Waking the dead (The Times, Higher Education, November 29, 2012)
In the first of a new series on academics who conduct research in extreme circumstances, Gillian Fowler recalls the six years she spent working as a forensic anthropologist exhuming mass graves in Guatemala. Fowler also mentions her consulting work for PHR in Kabul, Afghanistan, training a team of Afghans to carry out mass grave investigations.
Goldcorp on Trial (TowardFreedom.com, September 5, 2012)
The International Peoples’ Health Tribunal (IPHT) took place in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, a municipality in Guatemala’s Western Highlands. San Miguel Ixtahuacán is the main site of the Marlin mine, an open pit gold mine that is one of the most important projects of Canadian gold mining giant Goldcorp Inc. The Marlin Mine was investigated by PHR in 2010.
Científicos detectan niveles elevados de metales potencialmente tóxicos en algunos vecinos de la Mina Marlin en Guatemala, recomiendan estudios adicionales (May 18, 2010)
Científicos de la salud ambiental de la Universidad de Michigan en Estados Unidos informan que una muestra de vecinos de la Mina Marlin en Guatemala tiene niveles más elevados de metales potencialmente tóxicos en su orina y sangre, que la muestra de personas que residen más alejadas de la mina.
Scientists Find Elevated Levels of Potentially Toxic Metals in Some Guatemalans Living Near Canadian-owned Mine, Recommend Further Studies (May 18, 2010)
Environmental health scientists from the University of Michigan find that a sample of Guatemalans who live near a controversial gold and silver mine in the country's western highlands have higher levels of potentially toxic heavy metals in their urine and blood than a sample of residents who live farther from the mine.
Guatemala Elects Former Military General Accused of Torture, Genocide (November 10, 2011)
Last Sunday, former military general Otto Perez Molina, was elected to be Guatemala’s next president. Mounting evidence of Perez Molina’s participation in crimes against humanity and genocide during Guatemala’s internal armed conflict raises the question of how the international community will respond to the new head of state.
Recent revelations that the US government conducted medical experiments in the 1940s in which Guatemalan soldiers, prisoners, and mental patients were intentionally infected with syphilis, gonorrhea, and other sexually transmitted diseases are truly horrific, and have generated widespread outrage and remorse.
Environmental health scientists from the University of Michigan find that a sample of Guatemalans who live near a controversial gold and silver mine in the country's western highlands have higher levels of potentially toxic heavy metals in their urine and blood than a sample of residents who live farther from the mine....
Guatemala: Getting Away With Murder (August 1991)
Since the military overthrow of the democratic Guatemalan government in 1954, soldiers and policemen have tortured and murdered with abandon while tens of thousands of extrajudicial executions and disappearances have never been investigated. "Guatemala: Getting Away With Murder" details two forensic missions conducted to examine the flawed medical and scientific procedures applied in the few death investigations conducted in Guatemala.
Stefan Schmitt directs PHR’s International Forensic Program. Most recently, Schmitt documented a massacre by Qaddafi forces in Tripoli for Libyan authorities and the International Criminal Court. Subsequently, the authorities asked him to assemble a team of forensic and legal experts to conduct a human identification needs assessment and gap analysis to advise on identifying the dead from Libya’s revolution. Read More »