Guatemala's government on Friday filed 3,350 criminal complaints accusing former soldiers, paramilitaries and others of human rights violations against more than 5,000 civilians during the country's 1960-1996 civil war.
Alleged offenses range from rape to forced disappearances and massacres, said Cesar Davila, the director of the government-funded National Compensation Program, which has a budget of $40 million to compensate families of thousands of war victims.
The filing coincides with the 29th anniversary of a 1980 police raid that killed 37 people at the Spanish embassy, including Mayan peasants, Davila said.
Guatemala's army and police are accused of killing nearly 200,000 Guatemalans in the 1960-1996 civil war, Latin America's bloodiest in the 20th century.
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