Guatemala files 3,350 human rights complaints

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.