Guatemala

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

New court ruling allows implementation of restrictive NGO law in Guatemala

Journalists and human rights defenders in Guatemala face attacks and smear campaigns

Nos Duelen 56 reported the murder of María Elizabeth Ramírez, a mother who had sought justice for her daughter and other 40 girls who died in a fire at government-run home Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción, in circumstances that involved alleged inhuman treatment. Read more

Journalists and human rights defenders in Guatemala face attacks and smear campaigns

Violent year for the press and growing attacks on Indigenous rights defenders in Guatemala

After denouncing an alleged sexual assailant on 2nd December 2020, feminist group Colectiva Feminista Artesana and their member Alejandra Hernández began receiving threats on social networks. Read more

Violent year for the press and growing attacks on Indigenous rights defenders in Guatemala

Mass protests against reduced budget for social policies in Guatemala

On 20th November 2020, civil society organisation Unidad de Protección a Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos (UDEFEGUA) published a report on the situation of human rights defenders in Guatemala between January and September 2020. Read more

Mass protests against reduced budget for social policies in Guatemala

Judicial harassment of journalist and attacks against Indigenous rights defenders in Guatemala

On 11th September 2020, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemned the murders of and attacks against Indigenous and land rights defenders and their allies. Read more

Judicial harassment of journalist and attacks against Indigenous rights defenders in Guatemala

Public vilification of Indigenous peoples and criminalisation of environmental defenders

On 16th July 2020, Maya Q’eqchi Indigenous leader Bernardo Caal Xol was declared a prisoner of conscience by human rights organisation Amnesty International. Bernardo Caal Xol has defended the rights of communities in Santa María de Cahabón, department of Alta Verapáz, which have resisted the construction of a hydroelectric dam in the region. Read more

Public vilification of Indigenous peoples and criminalisation of environmental defenders

Indigenous defender killed and others threatened and attacked in Guatemala

On 15th June 2020, Indigenous land defender Medardo Alonzo Lucero was found dead with signs of torture in Olopa, Chiquimula department. Read more

Indigenous defender killed and others threatened and attacked in Guatemala

Journalists denounce Guatemala government hostility towards the press

On 12th April 2020, more than a hundred journalists from Guatemala published a public complaint denouncing repeated hostile behaviour from president Alejandro Giammattei and other public officials, through acts to intimidate, discredit and censor the press. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Journalists denounce Guatemala government hostility towards the press

NGO oversight law limits and restricts freedom of association in Guatemala

On 11th February 2020, the Guatemalan Congress approved a decree (No. 4-2020) which would impose sweeping controls over civil society, restricting freedom of association in the country. Favourable legislators say the reform of the Law of Non-governmental Organisations for Development (Ley de Organizaciones No Gubernamentales para el Desarrollo) enables “transparency and oversight”, but critics argue it establishes harsh sanctions which authorise the arbitrary closure of organisations. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

NGO oversight law limits and restricts freedom of association in Guatemala

Jimmy Morales' presidency ends with significant setbacks to freedom of expression in Guatemala

On 18th December 2019, the offices of LGBTI youth association Somos Jóvenes Diversos en Acción (SOMOS) were raided in Guatemala City. Unknown persons broke into their offices overnight and took property and documents belonging to the association. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Jimmy Morales' presidency ends with significant setbacks to freedom of expression in Guatemala