Impunity Watch releases new policy brief on relevance of historical archives for truth and justice in Guatemala  

Fifteen years ago, the Historical Archive of the National Police of Guatemala was accidentally discovered. This documentary collection of more than 80 million pages contains relevant information for the clarification of gross human rights violations that occurred in Guatemala during the internal armed conflict (1960-1996) and has served as documentary evidence in several trials against military and police authorities.

In this context, Impunity Watch produced a policy brief in which we analyse the importance of military, police and judicial archives in clarifying the truth and guaranteeing the right of victims to justice. We also analyse the risks that face the Historical Archive of the National Police, the military archives, and the General Archive of Courts and the importance of these documents in identifying the whereabouts of the victims of forced disappearance. These documents are at risk due to the government's unwillingness to rescue and preserve them in addition to the limited access to information for victims and justice operators. As part of this policy brief, we present some recommendations based on international standards for the preservation of archives containing information on human rights violations.

 

The Policy Brief is available in Spanish here

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