In 2017, a fire at the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asuncion orphanage in Guatemala killed at least 41 girls. Three years later, it is still a symbol of government negligence and femicide in Guatemala. Award-winning novelist and journalist Francisco Goldman joins the LMC to recount the events both during and after one of the saddest moments in recent Guatemalan history. Francisco Goldman is the author of, “The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop.”
On this episode, the LMC spends the hour with human rights attorney German Romero from DH Colombia to discuss some of his cases and threats against his life during the course of his work. Cases include the 2005 massacre in San Jose de Apartado, the case of Claudia Julieta Duque, and the 1985 siege of the Palace of Justice. Special thanks to Charlie Roberts from the Colombian Human Rights Committee for interpretation.
On this episode, the LMC speaks with Francesca Lessa about Uruguay’s forgotten dictatorship, recent struggles to bring government officials to justice, and Uruguay’s role in Operation Condor in the 1970’s. Francesca Lessa is a Marie Curie research fellow on Human Rights, Transitional Justice, South America, Impunity and Operation Condor @ Oxford University in England.