Accountability is the essence and core of the work we do, not only reactively but as an exigence and excellence, an assumption of how things should work for all to have a better existence. In a time of deep uncertainty, there is room for reflection and further analysis on the questions that matter most. What is accountability and how should this still be a priority?

 

We believe that there is no better way than hearing directly from so many actors who have so much to say but often, do not have a permanent platform from which to advocate. An open and comprehensive discussion on accountability beyond justice in legal fora and beyond the unaccomplished victims’ aspirations is long overdue.

 

What has been done? What should still be done? How does accountability provide for structural and necessary change? What are some of the milestones when it comes to accountability? What about its ability to impact change on societies, individuals and their communities? And finally, what are we not learning? 

 

In order to effect real, sustainable and lasting change, particularly at a time when the whole world has been turned upside down and confronted with the challenge of daily existence, we have to be creative, we have to think differently.  We have to ensure that we do not allow the entrenchment of autocracy, the foundation of impunity and the circumvention of the rule of law.  Creativity is at the forefront of our response and our need to be connected must be re-concieved.  The need to identify accountability, what it means, the needs and the risks.  We thought a podcast series seemed like a good beginning. 

  

The Guernica Accountability Podcast aims to bring to you, hopefully in a brief but substantial way, the voices of those who, from so many sides of the same reality, have looked after and longed for accountability. They will share their experiences and stories, they will reflect, inform, inspire us.  They will tell us what accountability means to them and they will provide for the necessary dialogue to restart our lives touched, aware and changed.

 

The series will be hosted by Guernica Chambers Co founder and Head Toby Cadman.

 

To introduce the series, and as we hope to honestly and candidly inform, share, discuss the issues, we thought that we should begin by introducing The Guernica Group, directly from the voices of those who form part of this initiative. 

 

We hope you decide to follow us, enjoy the discussions, share our podcasts and join the conversation.

Accountability matters!

Guernica Co-founder, Toby Cadman, speaks to Naomi Roht-Arriaza, a distinguished Professor of Law from Hastings College at the University of California.

Naomi discusses the Guatemalan Genocide and the historic process that saw a former Head of State, put on trial in a national court for Genocide, the first time in which this has happened anywhere in the world.  She discusses the courage of the victims, judges and prosecutors, battling against a culture of intimidation and impunity that changed Guatemala and the region forever. 

The Guernica Accountability Podcast | Guernica 37

Episode #002

The Guatemalan Genocide

Episode #001

An Introduction to Guernica

To introduce the series, and as we hope to honestly and candidly inform, share, discuss the issues, we thought that we should begin by introducing The Guernica Group, directly from the voices of those who form part of this initiative.

If you enjoy these podcasts as we hope you do please do follow the series. To join our mailing list visit our contact page.

We hope to bring you interesting accounts from around the world.
 

In Episode 3 we will be travelling from Guatemala to Syria.

Thank you listening.

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