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OHCHR in Guatemala


Following the departure of the United Nations Mission for the Verification of Human Rights in Guatemala (MINUGUA) and its Human Rights Division in 2004, the Government and OHCHR, which had previously implemented a technical cooperation project in Guatemala , agreed to open a stand-alone office in the country. The Guatemalan Congress ratified the agreement on 31 May 2005 and President Oscar Berger signed it one month later, opening the way for the deployment of OHCHR staff in July. The Agreement gives OHCHR's office a combined technical cooperation and monitoring mandate. The objectives enumerated in the Agreement include promoting and protecting the life, liberty, security, well-being, economic and social development, and other fundamental human rights of Guatemalans within the context of meeting the country's international human rights obligations. To achieve this goal, the office is working to increase the capacity of the Government and national institutions to better identify their priorities when dealing with human rights issues and implementing the Peace Accords. In addition, OHCHR Guatemala aims to foster a culture of human rights in the country, improve the capacity of State institutions to comply with their human rights obligations, and provide recommendations on how to incorporate international human rights standards into national legislation.

2006-2007 Programme

Through its monitoring programme, OHCHR Guatemala will provide analytical information on the human rights situation in the country to its partners within the Government (such as the Presidential Commission for Human Rights and the Office of the Vice-President), the Public Prosecutor's Office, the Supreme Court, the Judicial School, the Ombudsman's Office, and the Departmental Development Councils, as well as to civil society networks for human rights. The information will also be used in the annual report the High Commissioner is slated to prepare on the situation in Guatemala . In an effort to build a human rights culture, the office will work with opinion-makers and communicators within and outside the Government to disseminate the human rights message, particularly on human rights violations against vulnerable groups, such as indigenous peoples, and on thematic issues, such as violence against women and children. A training programme for journalists will be part of this programme. The office will offer human rights training to civil servants, police, penitentiary staff and others, and will help civil society organizations to develop their ability to use national and international remedies, including following up and litigating cases, to promote the rights of all. To increase the capacity of the United Nations Country Team, the office will contribute to the implementation of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Millennium Development Goals. At the same time, it will ensure that human rights are integrated into all United Nations programmes and projects by developing training modules and methodologies. The office will disseminate information on international standards through workshops and seminars organized in cooperation with other partners, both governmental and non-governmental. OHCHR Guatemala will analyze existing legislation with the aim of providing recommendations on how to ensure that national legislation conforms with international human rights standards. Through a permanent dialogue, recommendations will be made to Government institutions and to Congress, and their implementation will be regularly monitored .

Expected Accomplishments

Enhanced capacity of state institutions at central and local level as well as of civil society organizations to identify their priorities when dealing with human rights issues and in the context of implementing the Peace Agreements. Enhanced awareness of the Guatemalan society of the linkages between sustainable human development and respect for human rights. Strengthened capacity of State institutions to comply with their human rights obligations; and of civil society and right-holders to demand their rights and reduce their vulnerability to human rights violations. Integration of a human rights perspective in the development policies programmes and projects of the agencies of the United Nations System and the United Nations Country Team. Improved understanding of and increased commitment to international human rights standards by State institutions, as well as knowledge on how to incorporate them effectively into national norms, jurisprudence and policy-making.

Contact Information


Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD)
Contact is in Geneva, Switzerland.

Americas Section
Tel. + 41 22 917 92 48


Head of the Office
Tel. (502) 2382 3400
Guatemala City, Guatemala

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