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Links 1 through 5 of 5 by Latoya Peterson tagged guatemala

"Susan Reverby, a professor at Wellesley College in the US, uncovered the experiment while researching the Tuskegee syphilis study in which hundreds of African American men were left untreated for 40 years from the 1930s.

"The Guatemalan study went further by deliberately infecting its subjects. Not only did it violate the hippocratic oath to do no harm but it echoed Nazi crimes exposed around the same time at the Nuremberg trials."

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"Reverby said that the study came up with no useful data, and was hidden for decades. Records of the experiments suggest that despite intentions, it is likely that not everyone was cured, she said.

In October, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom said in a statement that he considered the experiments to be 'crimes against humanity,' and that Guatemala 'reserves the right to denounce them in an international court.' U.S. President Barack Obama called Colom to apologize for the experiments."

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"Emily, a United States citizen, and her grandfather, a Guatemalan traveling with a valid work visa, had been detained by immigration authorities at Dulles International Airport near Washington, where the plane had been diverted because of bad weather. The officials had told Emily’s grandfather that because of an immigration infraction two decades ago, he would not be allowed to stay in the country.

"That has left Emily, a pigtailed native of Long Island, in an unusual limbo. As a citizen, she has the right to re-enter her country. But her parents are [undocumented residents], which has complicated the prospect of a reunion.

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"Republican Rep. Robert Watson referred to Guatemalans when he joked about the legislature's priorities during the Chamber of Commerce's annual lunch for lawmakers Wednesday. Watson said its priorities were right 'if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smokes marijuana.'"

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"U.S. government medical researchers intentionally infected hundreds of people in Guatemala, including institutionalized mental patients, with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge or permission more than 60 years ago.

"The episode raises inevitable comparisons to the infamous Tuskegee experiment, the Alabama study where hundreds of African-American men were told they were being treated for syphilis, but in fact were denied treatment. That U.S. government study lasted from 1932 until press reports revealed it in 1972.

"The Guatemala experiments, which were conducted between 1946 and 1948, never provided any useful information and the records were hidden."

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