Rigoberta Menchú Tum (Guatemala)
Rigoberta Menchú Tum is a Nobel Peace laureate and a K'iche' indigenous peace activist from Guatemala. 
Frente Amplio party presidential candidate Rigoberta Menchu Tum, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 1992, attends her last political rally in Guatemala City September 4, 2011. (Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters)

Rigoberta Menchú Tum is a K'iche' indigenous peace activist from Guatemala. Menchú has dedicated her life to promoting indigenous rights and to pursuing justice for indigenous groups who suffered human rights violations during the Guatemalan Civil War (1960–96). She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her efforts and, in 2004, accepted President Oscar Berger’s request to help implement the justice and reconciliation provisions of the country’s peace accords. She has also become a leading figure in indigenous political parties and ran for the Guatemalan presidency in 2007 and 2011.

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