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Fair Compensation for Guatemalan Victims of U.S. Medical Experimentation
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Fair Compensation for Guatemalan Victims of U.S. Medical Experimentation

    1. Petition by

      International Rights Advocates

Using people in medical experiments without their knowing consent is WRONG. And yet this wrong was committed over 5,000 times when over 5,000 people were used in gruesome experiments that the U.S.authorities conducted in Guatemala in the 1940s and 1950s. Now that we know what happened, these victims and their families deserve a real remedy.

This case is just like what the U.S.did in Tuskegee, Alabama – some say worse – and yet the United States has offered nothing more than an apology to the victims. Why? These victims deserve the same remedy that the U.S. gave the Tuskegee victims and their families – medical care and burial benefits.

At least 31 human rights groups, 5 bioethicists, The Washington Post (twice!), the President's own Presidential Commission, have all publicly said that a mere apology for what happened is simply not enough. WE AGREE.

The United States has already admitted to using innocent citizens of Guatemala in medical experiments without their consent. In October 2010, President Obama, Secretary Clinton and Secretary Sebelius apologized and said the experiments were egregiously unethical.

That was well over two years ago. Refusing to provide Guatemalan victims with anything more than “I’m sorry” is a monumental injustice.

It is ironic that at the very time these gruesome medical experiments were going on in Guatemala, the United Stateswas publicly proclaiming “Never Again” by leading the world in creating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Trying to kick the victims out of court and leave them without a remedy deeply offends every principle of human rights on which theUnited Stateshas historically stood.

A simple apology is not and cannot be considered enough to right this historic wrong. 

Members of Congress - we ask you to call on the Administration to take action.

President Obama – at the dawn of your second administration, we ask you to do right by the victims we have wronged by negotiating and announcing a fair settlement for these victims. The United States can, and must, do better. Yes we can!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kenneth Dikas PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I just read the complaint filed by the plaintiffs for law school and was absolutely horrified. I thought the Tuskegee experiment was an isolated incident; I had no idea there were similar occurrences. The plaintiffs should be compensated, and the US government should issue an apology.

    • Dave Mercer CALGARY, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I have met a few of the people infected. These are poor people who had no knowledge of what was being done to them. They and their families continue to suffer, and the US has a responsibility to compensate them. I think the amount it would take to ease some of the suffering is pocket change for the US government.

    • Byron Aragon CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Why sign? Maybe because most of the orphans and other victims, who were lied to when told they were receiving vaccines when instead being inoculated with syphilis and other uncommon stds, no longer have a voice to defend and seek justice for violations of their autonomy!

    • Sally Parmelee HADDAM, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      I currently live and work in Guatemala. The effects of the U.S. government's intervention in Guatemala are still visible on a daily basis. I'm appauled the U.S. government once again will likely go unpunished for its actions.

    • Rebecca Myers NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      This is so awful. Reparations need to be paid.


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