Guatemala

We work to protect an enabling environment for human rights defenders in Guatemala, including by fighting impunity on attacks that seek to silence them and dissuade them to continue their long struggle for truth and justice since the time of the internal armed conflict.

Our work also seeks to tackle another major human rights challenge in the country: the epidemic of femicide that makes Guatemala one of the world’s most dangerous places to be a woman, where several hundreds of women get killed simply because of their gender and where these crimes go unprosecuted 99% of the time. One victim of this wave of killings was Claudina Isabel Velásquez Paiz, a 19-year-old law student who was murdered in 2005. The Guatemalan government failed to properly investigate her death, and subsequent efforts by Claudina’s family to hold the state accountable for its misconduct were met with silence and contempt.

Together with the Guatemalan Association of Mayan Attorneys and Notaries, we won against the State of Guatemala in a landmark decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that raised the standard of due diligence obligation for States to protect women from violence.

7.23.2019
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) grants Precautionary Measures for Xinka Parliament's Lawyer, Quelvin Jimenez Villalta
5.30.2019
THE GOVERNMENT OF GUATEMALA SHOULD GUARANTEE THE PROTECTION AND ACCESS TO THE HISTORIC ARCHIVE OF THE NATIONAL POLICE
4.03.2019
Civil society organizations condemn ongoing criminalization of human rights defenders Claudia Samayoa and José Martínez
2.13.2019
Reform to the NGO Law promoted by Guatemala’s Congress violates the Rights to Freedom of Association and Expression
1.10.2019
Statement by international organizations dedicated to the protection of Human Rights in Guatemala
12.20.2018
International Organizations condemn new initiative to weaken CICIG and the fight against impunity and corruption in Guatemala
10.04.2018
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Africa-based Human Rights Organizations Submit Amicus to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
9.07.2018
Organizations reject attacks against CICIG and demand respect for the rule of law and judicial independence in Guatemala
4.09.2018
WE URGE GUATEMALA TO PRIORITIZE ARMED CONFLICT CASES
8.28.2017
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights condemns decision by Guatemalan President Morales on CICIG
2.13.2017
Guatemala must support reforms in favor of judicial independence
9.28.2016
Due process and the personal integrity of Guatemalan prosecutor Orlando López must be respected
7.22.2016
What we’re monitoring: The fight against corruption and impunity in Honduras and what lessons can be learnt from Guatemala
POSTED ON JUL 22, 2016
7.22.2016
Tackling Impunity and Corruption in Honduras: Lessons Learned from Guatemala
4.06.2016
“The Fight against impunity in Guatemala: past and present”
12.22.2015
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights wins landmark case for victims of femicide in Guatemala