UN plans new human rights field office in Guatemala

27 November 2003

Anticipating the planned withdrawal of a United Nations mission in Guatemala, the world body's top human rights office today announced plans to establish a field presence in the country to protect against abuses there.

With the UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA) wrapping up its mandate in the period ahead, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is planning to sign an agreement, on 1 December in Guatemala city, on setting up the new field presence.

While assisting the Government and focusing on the overall human rights situation, the new office will aim to promote "the full enjoyment of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Guatemalan people in general, and more specifically of individuals and communities at risk of being victims of human rights abuses, including vulnerable groups such as women, children, indigenous peoples, minorities, human rights defenders, journalists and others."


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