Witness History: Guatemala’s Outspoken Bishop

On 26th April 1998, a leading human rights campaigner, Bishop Juan Gerardi, was attacked and killed in his home, just two days after presenting the conclusions of a major investigation into abuses committed during Guatemala’s civil war.

Bishop Gerardi’s report blamed the country’s military and paramilitary forces for the deaths of most of the 50,000 civilians killed during the conflict.

Ronalth Ochaeta, who worked alongside Bishop Gerardi, tells Mike Lanchin about the murdered bishop’s life-long quest for justice.

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Great piece. Utterly chilling.

Tara McDermott, commissioning editor, Witness History
BBC World Service, 26th April 2023
Presenter/Producer: Mike Lanchin
Executive Producer: Kristine Pommert