Skip to main content

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
Foreign Government Reports
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • 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
    • 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

Return to the Top of the Page

 

Children

US Government Reports
  • Department of Labor - Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - 20222021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
  • Law Library of Congress - El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico: Laws governing Travel of Unaccompanied Minors - Aug. 2014
Foreign Government Reports
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • 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

International Organizations

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

Non Government Organization Reports

  • Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

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

  • Coalition to stop the use of Child Soldiers - Child Soldiers Global Report - 2008
  • Human Rights Watch Report
    • Guatemala's Forgotten Children: Police Violence and Abuses in Detention - July 1997

Return to the Top of the Page

 

Corruption

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Corruption and Lack of Transparency in Government - 2021, 2020, 2019

Non-Government Organization Reports

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

    • Guatemala Elites and Organized Crime - Sept. 2016

  • Open Society Justice

    • AGAINST THE ODDS; CICIG in Guatemala. Sept. 2016


Return to the Top of the Page

 

Disabilities

US Government Reports

 

  • RIC Reports
    • The situation facing the disabled, particularly persons with speech and hearing loss - January 2000

Return to the Top of the Page

 

Elections

US Government Reports

  • Congressional Research Services
    • Guatemala: 2023 Elections and U.S. Interests - July 2023

Non-Government Organization Reports


Return to the Top of the Page

 

Ethnic Groups / Race

Non-Government Organization Reports
  • Minority Rights International
  • Minority Rights Group International - State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - 2016, 2015

Return to the Top of the Page

 

Ethnic Groups / Race - Maya

Non-Government Organization Reports
  • World Directory of Minorities - Maya

Return to the Top of the Page

 

Gender

Foreign Government Reports
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • GTM104067.E: Domestic violence, including legislation, state protection, and services available to victims. May 2012
    • 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
    • GTM101747.E - Guatemala: Domestic violence; recourse and services available to victims (2005 - September 2006) - December 2006
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
Non-Government Organization Reports
  • Human Rights Watch
    • From the Household to the Factory: Sex Discrimination in the Guatemalan Labor Force - 2002

Return to the Top of the Page

 

Human Rights

US Government Reports
  • State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2021, 2020, 20192018
  • DOS CSO Report
    • Northern Triangle and Mexico Country Conditions - May 2019
Foreign Government Reports
  • Canada Responses to Information Requests (RIRs)
    • 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
    • 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
Non-Government Organization Reports

Return to the Top of the Page

 

Justice System

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

    • 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
    • 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
    • GTM40950.E - Guatemala: Efforts by the state and the police to deal with crime (June 2003) - June 2003
    • 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
Non-Government Reports
  • Amnesty International
    • Police Involvement in Killings in Guatemala - 2009
    • Signatures calling for the Immediate Release of Bernardo Caal- July 2021
  • InSight Crime
  • International Crisis Group
    • Saving Guatemala’s Fight Against Crime and Impunity -  October 2018
    • Police Reform in Guatemala: Obstacles and Opportunities -  July 2012
  • Strategic Studies Institute - US Army War College
    • Crime, Violence, and the Crisis in Guatemala: A Case Study in the Erosion of the State - May 2010

Return to the Top of the Page

 

Law


Maps

US Government Reports

  • State Department - Northern Triangle Country Conditions Map

Return to the Top of the Page

 

Medical Availability

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • Human Rights Watch

“Punishing the Patient” Ensuring Access to Pain Treatment in Guatemala. 2017

(PDF)

Intergovernmental Organization Reports

  • World Health Organization Page

Return to the Top of the Page

 

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

Non-Government Organization Reports
  • International Crisis Group
    • Squeezed Between Crime and Impunity -  June 2010

Return to the Top of the Page

 

Refugees / IDPs

Non Government Organization Reports
  • Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
    • Severity of internal displacement Report - Nov. 2021

Return to the Top of the Page

 

Religion

US Government Reports

Foreign Government Reports

  • Canada Responses to Information 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


Return to the Top of the Page

 

Sexual Orientation

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
    • 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

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 identity. 2017

Return to the Top of the Page

 

Specific Country Issues - Gangs

US Government Reports
  • Homicides in Guatemala: The Challenge and Lessons of Disaggregating Gang-Related and Drug Trafficking-Related Murders. Oct. 2016
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
    • GTM102404.FE - Guatemala: Violence by criminal gangs and cases of popular justice; protection offered by the state (March 2005 - February 2007) - March 2007
    • 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
Non-Government Organization Reports
  • Crisis Group International

Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America - April 2017


Return to the Top of the Page

 

Specific Country Issues - Guatemala-Honduras Border

Non-Government Organization Reports

  • International Crisis Group
    • Corridor of Violence: The Guatemala-Honduras Border - June 2014

Specific Country Issues - Guatemala Land Reform

Non-Government Organization Reports

Amnesty International

  • Guatemala: Stop Criminalizing Defenders! - July 2017

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


Return to the Top of the Page

 

Speech / Press / Internet

Non Government Organizations

Return to the Top of the Page

 

Timeline

Trafficking

US Government Reports

Non-Government Reports

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


Return to the Top of the Page

 

Terrorism

Not Available


Return to the Top of the Page

 

Torture

None Available
Updated October 4, 2023