Guatemala

FROM THE FIELD: Murals help heal wounds of bloody conflict in Guatemala

“The villagers knew that the military kidnapped [indigenous] people and brought them here and tortured them. While alive, they were forced to dig their own graves. Some would be buried in the ground, here, still half alive.” The chilling words of Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, a member of an indigenous group in Guatemala.

Friday’s Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more

This Friday, we cover: the UN calling for an end to attacks against human rights defenders; a record number of displaced due to conflict and disasters; human rights issues in Myanmar; 900 children released from the ranks of a north-east Nigeria self-defense armed group; and referenda asking for the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala to be examined by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

News in Brief 22 January 2019

  • Repeal of Guatemala ‘reconciliation law’ would lead to amnesty for rights violators: Bachelet
  • Mediterranean migrant drownings should spur European States’ solidarity, urge UN agencies
  • Human rights must be bedrock of “Globalization 4.0”, UN experts tell Davos leaders
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Amending Guatemala ‘reconciliation law’ would lead to unjust amnesty, warns Bachelet

A bid to give amnesty to all those found guilty of grave human rights crimes during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, by amending the National Reconciliation Law, could represent a “drastic set-back” to the whole legal system and overall accountability, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has said.

Ahead of street protests, UN rights chief urges Guatemalan Government to respect democratic freedoms

With demonstrations expected to take place in various Guatemalan cities on Monday and Tuesday, the UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, is urging the Guatemalan Government to guarantee freedom of expression and opinion, and the right to peaceful assembly and association.

UN anti-corruption body in Guatemala rebuts government’s reasons for expulsion order

In a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Iván Velásquez, the senior UN official in charge of the International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG) in Guatemela, has responded to the accusations made by the Government to justify its decision to expel the Commission from the country.

Guatemala: UN anti-corruption body will continue working, as Constitutional Court blocks Government expulsion

Following the Guatemalan Government’s unilateral decision to shut down a long-running UN anti-corruption commission, its spokesperson told UN News on Wednesday that the team is looking at ways to continue to carry out its mandate,  hours after the country's highest court ruled against the Government expulsion order.

News in Brief 8 January 2019

  • UN chief rejects Guatemala decision to close impunity panel
  • Saudi national Rahaf Mohammed Al-qunun in “safe” place: UNHCR
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UN Chief ‘strongly rejects’ Guatemala decision to expel anti-corruption body

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has “strongly rejected” the Guatemalan Government’s decision to unilaterally terminate the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), an independent body set up by the UN and Guatemala to investigate illegal security groups and high-level corruption in the country.

Guatemala Dos Erres massacre conviction welcomed by UN human rights office

The conviction of a former Guatemalan soldier involved in the mass killing of villagers in an infamous massacre during the country’s civil war has been welcomed by the UN human rights office, OHCHR.