An indigenous woman of the Ixchil region listens with headphones during a testimony against the former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt in the Supreme Court of Justice in the second day of the session trial in Guatemala City on March 20, 2013. Survivors of Guatemala’s bloody civil war relived the massacre of relatives as they took the stand on Wednesday to testify against former dictator Montt, who is accused of allowing genocide during the 36-year conflict.
People look out of a window during the annual horse race to commemorate the Day of the Dead on All Saints Day at the village of Todos Los Santos Cuchumatan in the Huehuetenango region, 310 km west of Guatemala City, November 1, 2012.
A boy waits to sell pumpkins at “La Terminal”, a food market in Guatemala City, September 26, 2012. “La Terminal” is one of the largest trading center of the city, with more than 4,500 vendors offering a wide variety of food products.
A girl covers her face near the road to Mazatenango, where she fills holes in the road with earth in exchange for money, about 100 miles north of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2012.
June 12 has been designated World Day Against Child Labour by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO’s most recent global estimate is that 215 million children worldwide are involved in child labour, with more than half this number involved in its worst forms. The worst forms are defined as:
All forms of slavery, or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage and serfdom, as well as forced labour, including forced or compulsory labour, including forced or compulsory recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.
The use, procurement or offering of a child for prostitution, for the production of pornography or for pornographic performances.
The use, procurement or offering of a child for illicit activities, in particular for the production and trafficking of drugs as defined in relevant international treaties.
Work which, by its nature or circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children, such harmful work to be determined by national authorities.
An anthropologist looks at a shoe as she works in a mass grave in the former Regional Command headquarters of the Guatemalan Army in Coban, about 212 km (131 miles) north of Guatemala City, March 13, 2012. The Public Ministry on February 27 began an exhumation at the former headquarters in Coban, which was called Military Zone 21 during the years of the internal armed conflict from 1960-1996. A total of 30 skeletons, with their hands tied behind their backs, have been found, according to anthropologists. An estimated 250,000 people died and 45,000 people were victims of forced disappearance during the conflict, according the local media.
A woman cries outside a morgue as she waits to receive the body of her relative in Tegucigalpa, February 19, 2012. Honduras came under international pressure on Friday to fix its broken prison system and allow an independent inquiry into a jailhouse blaze this week that killed more than 350 inmates, many burned alive in their cells.
November 11, 2011. The body of Zoila Esperanza GarcÌa, 50, lies on the ground on Simeon Canas avenue, about 500 m (0.3 miles) from the presidential palace in Guatemala City. Garcia was shot dead this morning when she was exercising and her sister said the attack is for unknown reasons. According to human rights group Mutual Supporter (GAM) of Guatemala, more than 314 women have been killed in 2011, and local media also reported about 15 people are murdered every day in Guatemala, making it one of the most dangerous countries to live in in Latin America.