Republic of Guatemala

Citizenship and Country Documents

US Government Reports
  • State Department - Country Documents
  • Library of Congress - Law Library of Congress (LLOC)
    • Family Reunification Laws in Selected Jurisdictions - July 2014 (PDF)
Foreign Government Reports
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • GTM102808.FE - Guatemala: Documentation required and procedure to follow so that a parent can travel outside Guatemala with a minor in the absence of, or without the consent of, the other parent (2005 - April 2008) - Sept 2008 (PDF)
    • GTM43453.FE - Guatemala: The process for acquiring citizenship; possibility of losing one's citizenship; possibility of reestablishing one's citizenship; whether a child under 10 years who leaves Guatemala without the authorization of a parent can lose his or her citizenship (2003-2005) - April 2005 (PDF)
    • GTM43455.FE - Guatemala: The body that issues passports and government control over the issuance of passports; the possibility of this body being a private enterprise and, if so, the requirements for obtaining a passport; documents required for obtaining a passport; the time required to obtain a passport (2005) - March 2005 (PDF)

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Children

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Children - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF), 2009 (PDF)
  • Department of Labor - Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF),  2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012(PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF)
  • Law Library of Congress - El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico: Laws governing Travel of Unaccompanied Minors - Aug. 2014 (PDF)
Foreign Government Reports
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • GTM102808.FE - Guatemala: Documentation required and procedure to follow so that a parent can travel outside Guatemala with a minor in the absence of, or without the consent of, the other parent (2005 - April 2008) - May 2008 (PDF)
    • GTM43454.FE - Guatemala: Whether an exit visa is required for leaving Guatemala; situation for minors and requirement to obtain both parents' authorization to leave the country; whether that authorization must be indicated in the passport and be renewed each time the minor leaves the country (2003-2005) - April 2005 (PDF)
    • GTM43508.FE - Guatemala: Update to GTM43416.FE of 10 March 2005; provisions for child abduction or confinement in the context of domestic violence; possibility of filing a complaint against a parent who disappears with his or her child; procedure for a parent whose child has been taken away by the other parent (2005) - April 2005 (PDF)

International Organizations

  • UNICEF
    • BROKEN DREAMS:Central American children’s dangerous journey to the United States.  Aug. 2016 (PDF)

Non Government Organization Reports

  • Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

    • Childhood and Migration in Central and North America: Causes, Policies, Practices and Challenges. 2015 (PDF)

  • Coalition to stop the use of Child Soldiers - Child Soldiers Global Report - 2008 (PDF)
  • Child Rights Information Network
    • Child Rights References in the Universal Periodic Review - 2008 (PDF)
  • Human Rights Watch Report
    • Guatemala's Forgotten Children: Police Violence and Abuses in Detention - July 1997 (PDF)

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Corruption

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Corruption and Lack of Transparency in Government - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF)

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • InSight Crime
    • Comparing Presidential Corruption Scandals in Guatemala and Brazil: Part 1. Oct. 2016 (PDF)

    • Guatemala Elites and Organized Crime - Sept. 2016 (PDF)

  • Open Society Justice

    • AGAINST THE ODDS; CICIG in Guatemala. Sept. 2016 (PDF)


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Disabilities

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Disabilities - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF), 2009 (PDF)
  • RIC Reports
    • The situation facing the disabled, particularly persons with speech and hearing loss - January 2000 (PDF)

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Elections

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Elections and Political Participation - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF), 2009 (PDF)
Non-Government Organization Reports

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Ethnic Groups / Race

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Indigenous People - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF),  2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF), 2009 (PDF)
Non-Government Organization Reports
  • Minority Rights International
  • Minority Rights Group International - State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF)
  • International Crisis Group
    • Totonicapàn: Tension in Guatemala's Indigenous Hinterland. - 2013 (PDF)

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Ethnic Groups / Race - Maya

Non-Government Organization Reports
  • World Directory of Minorities - Maya (PDF)

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Gender

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Women -  2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF), 2009 (PDF)
Foreign Government Reports
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • GTM104067.E: Domestic violence, including legislation, state protection, and services available to victims. May 2012 (PDF)
    • GTM101748.E - Guatemala: Recourse and protection available to a woman harassed by a police officer who had attempted to rape her or solicit sexual favors from her (2004 - December 2006) - Jan 2007 (PDF)
    • GTM101747.E - Guatemala: Domestic violence; recourse and services available to victims (2005 - September 2006) - December 2006 (PDF)
    • GTM42613.FE - Guatemala: Legal measures available to female victims of domestic violence; whether the court can order forced entry into the matrimonial home; the recurso de exhibición personal and the circumstances in which it can be ordered - May 2004 (PDF)
    • GTM42338.E - Guatemala: Information on domestic violence, including recourse, remedies and services for victims 2003-2004 (Replaces GTM40575.E of 19 December 2002) - March 2004 (PDF)
    • GTM41861.FE - Guatemala: Recourses and protection available to a woman who was harassed by a police officer who attempted to rape her or solicit sexual favors from her. Aug 2003 (PDF)
Non-Government Organization Reports
  • Human Rights Watch
    • From the Household to the Factory: Sex Discrimination in the Guatemalan Labor Force - 2002

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Human Rights

US Government Reports Foreign Government Reports
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • GTM102808.FE - Guatemala: Current human rights situation - Nov 2003 (PDF)
    • GTM42132.E - Guatemala: Reports of attacks or killings of National Advancement Party (PAN) members and/or their families in Chacaj, Nenton department, between December 2001 and January 2002 - Oct 2003 (PDF)
    • GTM40476.E - Guatemala: A vigilante killing by a "civil protector" in Aldea de Buenavista, Chimaltenango, on 10 July 2000; whether such a protector is immune from prosecution and/or works in conjunction with the civil/state + authorities (2000) - January 2003 (PDF)
Non-Government Organization Reports
  • Amnesty International - 2018 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF)
  • Freedom House - 2015 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF)
  • Institute on Religion and Public Policy Report (PDF)
  • Human Rights Watch - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2014 (PDF),2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF)
  • Human Rights Watch
    • Freedom of Association in a Maquila in Guatemala - 1997
    • Disappeared in Guatemala: The Case of Efraín Bámaca Velásquez - March 1995 (PDF)

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Justice System

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices- Arbitrary Arrest or Detention - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF), 2009 (PDF)
Foreign Government Reports
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • GTM105110.E - Guatemala: Requirements and procedures for lodging a report with the police; avenues of recourse for filing complaints against the police for corruption or misconduct; requirements and procedures to obtain a copy of the police report (2013-March 2015). Apr. 14, 2015 (PDF)

    • GTM103145.E - Guatemala: The procedures for lodging a complaint with the police and the procedures to lodge a complaint against the police for misconduct - May 2009 (PDF)
    • GTM43416.FE - Guatemala: Penal provisions for child abduction; existence of a Guatemalan ancillary to sections 281, 282 and 283 of the Canadian Criminal Code; consequences of child abduction in Guatemala; copy of section 88 of the Penal Code; copy of section 7 of the Law to Prevent, Punish and Eliminate Family Violence in Guatemala (2001-2005) - March 2005 (PDF)
    • GTM43295.E - Guatemala: Update to GTM31626.E of 11 May 1999; whether the incidence of prosecution and penalties for desertion has changed (May 1999-January 2005) - January 2005 (PDF)
    • GTM102404.FE - Guatemala: The procedure for lodging a complaint with the police for crimes such as assault or attempted murder; whether there are procedures in place to lodge a complaint against the police for misconduct (June 2003) - June 2003 (PDF)
    • GTM40950.E - Guatemala: Efforts by the state and the police to deal with crime (June 2003) - June 2003 (PDF)
    • GTM40476.E - Guatemala: A vigilante killing by a "civil protector" in Aldea de Buenavista, Chimaltenango, on 10 July 2000; whether such a protector is immune from prosecution and/or works in conjunction with the civil/state authorities (2000) - January 2003 (PDF)
Non-Government Reports
  • Amnesty International
    • Police Involvement in Killings in Guatemala - 2009 (PDF)
  • InSight Crime
  • International Crisis Group
    • Police Reform in Guatemala: Obstacles and Opportunities - July 2012 (PDF)
  • Strategic Studies Institute - US Army War College
    • Crime, Violence, and the Crisis in Guatemala: A Case Study in the Erosion of the State - May2010  (PDF)

 


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Law

Citizenship and Electoral Rights

  • European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship - Guatemala

US Government Reports

  • Library of Congress - Law Library of Congress (LLOC)
    • Family Reunification Laws in Selected Jurisdictions - July 2014 (PDF)

Maps


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Medical Availability

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Human Rights Watch

“Punishing the Patient” Ensuring Access to Pain Treatment in Guatemala. May 2017 (PDF)

Intergovernmental Organization Reports

  • World Health Organization Page

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Political Figures and Parties

US Government Reports Foreign Government Reports
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • GTM104402.E - Guatemala: Information on the political party LIDER (Libertad Democrática Renovada) during and after the elections of 2011, including treatment of its members and associated groups and individuals; information on the election results at the municipal and national levels; relationship between the LIDER Party and the Patriotic Party (Partido Patriota) during the 2011 municipal and national elections, including instances of conflict between the two parties (2011-May 2013)  May 2013 (PDF)

    • GTM103280.FE - Guatemala: Information on Oscar Ortega Tomàs, including his political career and whether he has faced any problems with the authorities - December 2009 (PDF)
Non-Government Organization Reports
  • International Crisis Group
    • Squeezed Between Crime and Impunity - 2010 (PDF)

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Refugees / IDPs

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Protection of Refugees - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF), 2009 (PDF)
Non Government Organization Reports
  • Human Rights Report
    • Return to Violence: Refugees, Civil Patrollers, and Impunity - January 1996 (PDF)
  • Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre -
    • GUATEMALA: Violence and inequality still blocking solutions for IDPs - A profile of the internal displacement situation - December 2009

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Religion

US Government Reports

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Infromation Requests
    • GTM104546.E - Guatemala: Treatment of members of evangelical churches, particularly members of the Pentecostal Church, by the authorities and society (2011-August 2013). Aug. 15, 2013 (PDF)

Non Government Organization Reports


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Sexual Orientation

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Sexual Orientation -2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF), 2009 (PDF)
Foreign Government Reports
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • GTM101794.E - Guatemala: Treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered/transsexual individuals and availability of state protection; police attitudes towards same-sex domestic violence and state protection available to victims (2003 - September 2006) - October 2006 (PDF)
    • GTM42194.E - Guatemala: Update to GTM33228.E of 3 December 1999; treatment of gays, lesbians and bisexuals in Guatemala City; police attitude towards same-sex domestic violence and state protection available to its victims (1999-2003) - November 2003 (PDF)

Non Government Organization Reports

  • Amnesty International
    • No Safe Place: Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Hondurans seeking asylum in Mexico based on their sexual orientation and/or gender indentity. 2017 (PDF)

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Specific Country Issues - Gangs

US Government Reports
  • USAID profile (PDF)
    • Homicides in Guatemala: The Challenge and Lessons of Disaggregating Gang-Related and Drug Trafficking-Related Murders. Oct. 2016 (PDF)
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports:
  • Law Library of Congress
    • Guatemala: Gang Violence 2013 (PDF)
Foreign Government Reports
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • GTM104068.E - Violence perpetrated by criminal gangs and cases of popular justice; protection offered by the state (2008-March 2012) - May 2012 (PDF)
    • GTM102404.FE - Guatemala: Violence by criminal gangs and cases of popular justice; protection offered by the state (March 2005 - February 2007) - March 2007 (PDF)
    • GTM40604.E - Guatemala: Protection available for small businessmen who are subject to extortion by criminal gangs with links to the state and/or who are witnesses of criminal activities by these gangs (2002) - January 2003 (PDF)
Non-Government Organization Reports
  • Crisis Group International

Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America.  April 2017(PDF)

  • InSight Crime
    • MS13 in the Americas. How the World’s Most Notorious Gang Defies Logic, Resists Destruction. 2018 (PDF)
  • Washington Office on Latin American Affairs - Gangs in Guatemala - 2008 (PDF)
  • Guatemala Human Rights Commission / USA - Fact Sheet - Gangs in Guatemala

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Specific Country Issues - Guatemala-Honduras Border

Non-Government Organization Reports
  • International Crisis Group
    • Corridor of Violence: The Guatemala-Honduras Border - June 2014 (PDF)

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Specific Country Issues - Guatemala Land Reform

Non-Government Organization Reports

Amnesty International

  • Guatemala: Stop Criminalizing Defenders! July 2017 (PDF)

  • ‘WE ARE DEFENDING THE LAND WITH OUR BLOOD’: DEFENDERS OF THE LAND, TERRITORY AND ENVIRONMENT IN HONDURAS AND GUATEMALA. Sept. 2016 (PDF)


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Speech / Press / Internet

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Freedom of Speech and Press - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF), 2015 (PDF), 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF), 2011 (PDF), 2010 (PDF), 2009 (PDF)
Non Government Organizations Reports
  • Freedom House

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Timeline

Trafficking

US Government Reports

Non-Government Reports

  • CICIG
    • Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation Purposes in Guatemala. 2016 (PDF)


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Terrorism

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Torture

 

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2017 (PDF), 2016 (PDF)
Updated July 11, 2018

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