Guatemalans use portraits, museum to seek missing

Guatemalans search for wartime missing with portraits, museum

Guatemala Disappeared

In this Nov. 8, 2013 photo, portraits and personal articles of Hugo Adil Merida, left, Juan de Dios Samayoa, second from left, Sergio Linares, second from right and Moises Saravia Lopez, right, who were kidnapped and disappeared in 1984 allegedly by Guatemalan security forces, are on display at a museum run by the Villatoro family in Guatemala City. This is Guatemala's only monument to the tens of thousands of disappeared during Guatemala's decades long civil war. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala Disappeared

In this Nov. 8, 2013 photo, Samuel Villatoro is reflected in a glass case where the remains of his father Amancio Villatoro lay on display as he speaks during an interview in Guatemala City. In Guatemala's only monument to the disappeared, the remains of industrial union leader Amancio Villatoro lie on a red cloth in a glass case, surrounded by photos of him with his family. A member of the guerrilla wing of the Guatemalan Workers' Party, he was kidnapped on Jan. 30, 1984, by men in plainclothes. His remains were found in a rural military outpost 27 years later. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala Disappeared

In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, a message left behind by activists reads in Spanish "The silence of the media was also an accomplice in the genocide" on a door in downtown Guatemala City. Tens of thousands of people disappeared during Guatemala's 36-year civil war, virtually all at the hands of soldiers and allied paramilitaries seeking to wipe out a Marxist guerrilla movement. (AP Photo Moises Castillo)

Guatemala Disappeared

In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, an activist pastes portraits of people who disappeared during the civil war on a wall outside Congress in Guatemala City. Tens of thousands of people disappeared during Guatemala's 36-year civil war, yet successive Guatemalan governments have resisted local and international pressure to launch a full-scale effort to find and identify them. (AP Photo Moises Castillo)

Guatemala Disappeared

In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, an activist holds photos of people who disappeared during the civil war in downtown Guatemala City. The activists say government action isn

Guatemala Disappeared

In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, a man walks by a graffiti that read in Spanish "Justice" in downtown Guatemala City. In Nov. 2012, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled against Guatemala in the disappearance of 26 people named in the leaked military files. The government has not complied with any of the terms of the court

Guatemala Disappeared

In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, commuters waiting for a bus, right, watch activists pasting photos of people who disappeared during the civil war in downtown Guatemala City. Some of the self-styled activists say they believe they can pressure the state to look for the missing. Others acknowledge that their efforts are unlikely to prompt action. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala Disappeared

In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, the photograph of a person who disappeared during the civil war is pasted on a wall outside Congress at Guatemala City. With fewer than 1,000 of the missing found, successive Guatemalan governments have resisted local and international pressure to launch a full-scale effort to find and identify the rest. (AP Photo Moises Castillo)

Guatemala Disappeared

In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, bus passengers watch others paste the portraits of people who disappeared during the civil war on a wall in downtown Guatemala City. Almost all the victims are believed to have been killed, often after being raped, tortured, or both, then buried in mass graves, ditches and wells. Many were hurled from helicopters into the sea or volcanic craters. (AP Photo Moises Castillo)

Guatemala Disappeared

In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, portraits of people who disappeared during the civil war cover a wall outside Congress in Guatemala City. A handful of Guatemalans have launched tiny, homegrown attempts to draw attention to what human rights groups and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights call a deplorable lack of official action in the face of one of the worst unresolved cases of human-rights violations in the 20th century. (AP Photo Moises Castillo)

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemalans are pasting up thousands of posters and have opened a museum to remember the 45,000 people who disappeared during the country's 36-year civil war.

Some of the activists say they hope the actions will prompt the country's government to do more to find and identify the missing.

So far, the government has not complied with a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to search for the victims as quickly as possible and build a park or plaza in the memory of the disappeared.