Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
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Gerardi Conedera, Monseñor Juan José

  • Andrea AlthoffEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_513


Juan José Gerardi Conedera was born in Guatemala City on December 27, 1922. He was a Roman Catholic bishop and human rights defender. For decades he worked in the countryside among the Mayan population. In 1988, the Episcopal Conference of Guatemala appointed him to participate in the National Reconciliation Commission, to begin the process of accounting for abuses during the civil war. He was also the driving force for creating the Office of Human Rights of the Archdiocese (ODHAG). Part of this institution’s work was the project Recuperation of the Historic Memory (REMHI). The results of the project were presented on April 24, 1998. On April 26, 1998, he was assassinated in his garage. In 2001, three army officers were convicted of his death and sentenced to long prison terms. A priest was convicted as an accomplice and also sentenced.


Monseñor Gerardi was the second son of Doña Laura Conedera Polanco de Gerardi and Don Manuel Benito Gerardi, the latter an...


Guatemala Catholic Church Catholic Truth Commission (REMHI) Civil war Genocide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Gesellschaft der Europäischen Akademien e.V.BerlinGermany