Following the coup (1954) that removed socialist president Arbenz from power in Guatemala, the country suffered severe social unrest for a period of over 30 years. A protracted period of internal armed conflict beginning in 1962 was finally halted by a UN-led peace process between the state and guerrilla movements, culminating in the Agreement for a Firm and Lasting Peace in December 1996. An estimated 200,000 people were killed or forcibly disappeared and the country continues to struggle with a culture of violence and impunity.
This report analyses the gender-sensitivity of current TJRNR processes and actors in Guatemala. It examines the international commitments that have been made by the Guatemalan state, and identifies good practice examples and lessons learnt. See chapter 5 for a list of recommendations for key actors at the national and international level, aimed at convincing stakeholders of the urgency of integrating these into policies and practice.