Archives on Decades of Police Terror Accessible Online

Millions of documents from the Guatemalan national police archive, shedding light on torture, forced disappearances and murders committed during the1960-1996 counterinsurgency war in this country, are now available on-line thanks to a collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin.

The Politics of Memory conference held Friday Dec. 2 at the University of Texas unveiled a digital archive hosted by the university, holding 12 million of the roughly 80 million pages of national police documents discovered by chance in 2005.

The on-line digital repository from the Historical Archive of the National Police of Guatemala (AHPN) will be available to the public “with no requisite whatsoever,” Alberto Fuentes, one of the experts working at the AHPN, told IPS.

“Essentially, it contains two things: documents on cases involving crimes and violence in the country, as well as records of social control and surveillance, especially of opposition politicians,” Fuentes explained.

“We have found more than 900,000 personal dossiers containing names, photographs and fingerprints of individuals, as well as notes about their political activities,” he said.

Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (Historical National Police Archive of Guatemala)
Guatemalan National Police Archive Project

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