Advances and obstacles of Transitional Justice in Guatemala

Updated: Feb 19, 2019

The report examines the main advances and obstacles in the policies of truth, justice and reparation over a four year period (2014-2017). It highlights the importance of the trials of genocide, the Embassy of Spain, Sepur Zarco, and recently Molina Theissen, but at the same time notes the State’s lack of interest in the finding of more than 45,000 victims of enforced disappearance, the absence of a national search plan, and the refusal of the Army to provide information about the disappeared. The report examines the structural obstacles that continue to impede the rights of victims, such as the lack of political will of the current Guatemalan government, the constant change of authorities and personnel, the low budget and limited resources of public institutions, the interests of groups of power and military who seek to maintain a system of impunity, racism, discrimination against women, and the little knowledge of young people about the internal armed conflict. It also includes a series of recommendations for Guatemalan authorities.

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