WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Transitional Justice in Guatemala: The Challenges Ahead

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Thursday, 26 September 2019
1666 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20009

(AP Photo Moises Castillo)

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), CEJIL, DPLF and PBI cordially invite you to:

Transitional Justice in Guatemala: The Challenges Ahead

Thursday, September 26, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Washington Office on Latin America 

1666 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC, 20009

*This event will be held in Spanish only.*

In recent years, Guatemala has prosecuted some of the most emblematic cases of human rights violations from the country’s 36-year internal armed conflict. It has convicted senior officials as well as material perpetrators of serious crimes, including massacres, enforced disappearance, and sexual violence. Yet some sectors are seeking to impose an amnesty law, which would end all official investigations and prosecutions of such crimes, and free those who have been convicted or are awaiting trial on human rights charges. The end of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala provides a backdrop in which such efforts to restore impunity have gained momentum. This panel brings together leading Guatemalan and international human rights defenders to discuss the challenges ahead for Guatemala’s transitional justice efforts.

Moderator: Jo-Marie Burt, Senior Fellow at WOLA and Associate Professor at George Mason University


  • Francisco Soto, Executive Director, Centro para la Acción Legal en Derechos Humanos (CALDH)
  • Jorge Santos, General Coordinador, Unidad de Protección a Defensoras y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos – Guatemala (UDEFEGUA) 
  • Marcela Martino, Assistant Director for Central America and Mexico, Centro para la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (CEJIL)