Association

In practice, most civil society organisations, including those promoting human rights, operate freely. However, organisations promoting the rights of LGBTI people can face societal and legal discrimination. Legitimate land rights claims by organisations representing the Maya indigenous people were ignored by the government, who appear to have prioritised the granting of development rights on Maya land to oil companies. The freedom to form associations is guaranteed in the constitution, and regulated through the Non-Governmental Organisations Act of 2000. The Act’s definition of an NGO includes that its aims shall be compatible with the provisions of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.