Guatemala

Attacks on Guatemalan human rights organisations and justice operators

On 19th October 2022, the Attorney General’s Office raided the family house of Leily Santizo, a former prosecutor with the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). The raid took place in execution of an arrest warrant against Santizo for alleged obstruction of criminal proceedings. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Attacks on Guatemalan human rights organisations and justice operators

Guatemala: protests against corruption and rising cost of living

On 12th September 2022, hundreds of people demonstrated in Guatemala City against corruption and the high cost of living. The march was led by Indigenous authorities, who said in a press statement: “With great concern and rejection we have seen that in the last few days the prices of the basic food basket, transport fares and all inputs for agricultural production have shot up, while the minimum wage and people’s income remain the same. Read more

Guatemala: protests against corruption and rising cost of living

Guatemala: concerns about democratic backsliding grow as elPeriódico’s president and financial manager arrested

On 29th July 2022, journalist José Rubén Zamora, president and founder of newspaper elPeriódico, was arrested by police as part of an investigation for alleged extortion, money laundering and influence peddling. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: concerns about democratic backsliding grow as elPeriódico’s president and financial manager arrested

Reappointment of Attorney General signals difficult times for civil society and the press in Guatemala

On 16th May 2022, President Alejandro Giammattei announced the reappointment of Attorney General Consuelo Porras to another four years in office. Since taking office in 2018, Porras has been criticised by civil society organisations for dismantling anti-corruption efforts and abusing her powers by persecuting people who contributed to these efforts. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Reappointment of Attorney General signals difficult times for civil society and the press in Guatemala

Guatemala: freedom of expression in sharp decline

On 8th March 2022, journalist Orlando Villanueva was shot and killed in a public sports facility in Puerto Barrios, capital of the Izabal department. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: freedom of expression in sharp decline

Guatemala: surveillance of journalists and reprisals against anti-corruption officials

On 10th February 2022, Leysi Indira Santizo Rodas, lawyer and former representative of the UN’s International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), was arrested by agents from the Attorney General’s Office. The lawyer was accused of obstruction of justice, in the latest case of reprisals against members of the anti-corruption effort. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: surveillance of journalists and reprisals against anti-corruption officials

Guatemala: concern over killings, criminalisation and harassment of HRDs

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, anti-mining protests led by Indigenous peoples in El Estor, Izabal department, were met with police repression and a state of siege in October 2021. In December 2021, the Energy and Mining Ministry excluded Maya Q’eqchi’ Ancestral Council leaders from a community consultation on the Fénix nickel mining project. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: concern over killings, criminalisation and harassment of HRDs

Guatemala: Siege in municipality to prevent anti-mining protests by Indigenous groups

On 12th October 2021, hundreds of people marched in Guatemala City to denounce racism and discrimination against Indigenous peoples, as part of a Day of Indigenous People’s Dignity and Resistance. Several countries in the Americas hold commemorative holidays on the date, marking Christopher Columbus’ arrival on the continent in the 15th century. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: Siege in municipality to prevent anti-mining protests by Indigenous groups

Guatemalan civic space continues to shrink during Giammattei’s government

On 23rd July 2021, Guatemalan Attorney General Consuelo Porras removed the country’s lead anti-corruption prosecutor, Juan Francisco Sandoval, from his position as head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office against Impunity (FECI). Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemalan civic space continues to shrink during Giammattei’s government

New court ruling allows implementation of restrictive NGO law in Guatemala

In a public letter, Human Rights Watch warned that President Alejandro Giammattei and his coalition in the Guatemalan Congress are working to halt anti-corruption efforts and attempting to block funding to the country’s human rights Ombudsperson, whom they have tried to remove from office several times. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

New court ruling allows implementation of restrictive NGO law in Guatemala