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2006年VOA标准英语-Rights Investigators Hope Guatemala Police

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By Jill Replogle
Guatemala City
03 March 2006

Guatemalans have new hope for clearing up state-sponsored human rights violations1 that occurred during the 36-year civil war, which ended in 1996. Human rights authorities have discovered a massive police archive that dates back to 1902. They say it contains valuable clues about the fate of thousands of victims who were killed or disappeared during the war.


The mood was festive2 outside the rundown police warehouse3 in Guatemala City. Human rights ombudsman Sergio Morales presents the first results of months of picking through moldy4, animal-infested police files housed in the warehouse.

"This archive was condemned5 to a slow death, and with it, we would have lost an infinity6 of footprints, clues and keys to understanding the national tragedy that we still have not recovered from," he said.

Worker from Guatemala's Human Rights office inspects vast quantity of police documents stored in abandoned warehouse in Guatemala City
Last summer, Guatemalan human rights authorities were investigating a munitions7 depot8 when they stumbled upon a treasure trove9 of police documents. Upon closer inspection10 they discovered what appeared to be the complete archives of the national police. It was an incredible find. Past Guatemalan governments had always denied that such an archive existed.

Gustavo Meo?o, the lead investigator11 in charge of the archive, says information about Guatemala's brutal12 civil war has so far been based mainly on victims' testimonies13. The archive will provide the first major set of official documents from the war's darkest years: from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.

An estimated 200,000 people were killed in the war and 50,000 more disappeared. A United Nations truth commission held the Guatemalan military and police forces responsible for most of the violence.

Photograph from an unidentified man belonging to police file lies waiting to be cleaned in Guatemala City, Feb. 27, 2006  
Archive workers are now faced with the daunting14 task of restoring and analyzing15 over 50 million documents. The project will take years and require major funding. But human rights authorities hope they can eventually offer information to victims' family members about the fate of the dead and disappeared.

"Unfortunately, we cant16 know today if were going to find something for everyone who's looking," said Carla Villagrán, an investigator at the ombudsman's office. "But there's hope, and its our obligation to the victims to at least guarantee that hope."


1 violations 403b65677d39097086593415b650ca21     
违反( violation的名词复数 ); 冒犯; 违反(行为、事例); 强奸
  • This is one of the commonest traffic violations. 这是常见的违反交通规则之例。
  • These violations of the code must cease forthwith. 这些违犯法规的行为必须立即停止。
2 festive mkBx5     
  • It was Christmas and everyone was in festive mood.当时是圣诞节,每个人都沉浸在节日的欢乐中。
  • We all wore festive costumes to the ball.我们都穿着节日的盛装前去参加舞会。
3 warehouse 6h7wZ     
  • We freighted the goods to the warehouse by truck.我们用卡车把货物运到仓库。
  • The manager wants to clear off the old stocks in the warehouse.经理想把仓库里积压的存货处理掉。
4 moldy Q1gya     
  • She chucked the moldy potatoes in the dustbin.她把发霉的土豆扔进垃圾箱。
  • Oranges can be kept for a long time without going moldy.橙子可以存放很长时间而不腐烂。
5 condemned condemned     
adj. 被责难的, 被宣告有罪的 动词condemn的过去式和过去分词
  • He condemned the hypocrisy of those politicians who do one thing and say another. 他谴责了那些说一套做一套的政客的虚伪。
  • The policy has been condemned as a regressive step. 这项政策被认为是一种倒退而受到谴责。
6 infinity o7QxG     
  • It is impossible to count up to infinity.不可能数到无穷大。
  • Theoretically,a line can extend into infinity.从理论上来说直线可以无限地延伸。
7 munitions FnZzbl     
  • The army used precision-guided munitions to blow up enemy targets.军队用精确瞄准的枪炮炸掉敌方目标。
  • He rose [made a career for himself] by dealing in munitions.他是靠贩卖军火发迹的。
8 depot Rwax2     
  • The depot is only a few blocks from here.公共汽车站离这儿只有几个街区。
  • They leased the building as a depot.他们租用这栋大楼作仓库。
9 trove 5pIyp     
  • He assembled a rich trove of Chinese porcelain.他收集了一批中国瓷器。
  • The gallery is a treasure trove of medieval art.这个画廊是中世纪艺术的宝库。
10 inspection y6TxG     
  • On random inspection the meat was found to be bad.经抽查,发现肉变质了。
  • The soldiers lined up for their daily inspection by their officers.士兵们列队接受军官的日常检阅。
11 investigator zRQzo     
  • He was a special investigator for the FBI.他是联邦调查局的特别调查员。
  • The investigator was able to deduce the crime and find the criminal.调查者能够推出犯罪过程并锁定罪犯。
12 brutal bSFyb     
  • She has to face the brutal reality.她不得不去面对冷酷的现实。
  • They're brutal people behind their civilised veneer.他们表面上温文有礼,骨子里却是野蛮残忍。
13 testimonies f6d079f7a374008476eebef3d09a7d82     
(法庭上证人的)证词( testimony的名词复数 ); 证明,证据
  • Davie poured forth his eloquence upon the controversies and testimonies of the day. 戴维向他滔滔不绝地谈那些当时有争论的问题和上帝的箴言。
  • Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies. 22求你除掉我所受的羞辱和藐视,因我遵守你的法度。
14 daunting daunting     
  • They were faced with the daunting task of restoring the house.他们面临着修复房子的艰巨任务。
  • Starting a new job can be a daunting prospect.开始一项新工作有时会让人望而却步。
15 analyzing be408cc8d92ec310bb6260bc127c162b     
v.分析;分析( analyze的现在分词 );分解;解释;对…进行心理分析n.分析
  • Analyzing the date of some socialist countries presents even greater problem s. 分析某些社会主义国家的统计数据,暴露出的问题甚至更大。 来自辞典例句
  • He undoubtedly was not far off the mark in analyzing its predictions. 当然,他对其预测所作的分析倒也八九不离十。 来自辞典例句
16 cant KWAzZ     
  • The ship took on a dangerous cant to port.船只出现向左舷危险倾斜。
  • He knows thieves'cant.他懂盗贼的黑话。
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