Guatemala City, Guatemala. Editorial credit: Lucy Brown - loca4motion /


While Guatemala holds regular elections that are generally free, organized crime and corruption severely impact the functioning of government. Violence and criminal extortion schemes are serious problems, and victims have little recourse to justice. Journalists, activists, and public officials who confront crime, corruption, and other sensitive issues risk attack.

Our Work in Guatemala

In the face of increased government pressure on Guatemalan human rights defenders and civil society organizations, Freedom House is working with activists to enhance their documentation and to raise awareness of human rights abuses and build coalitions in support of anti-impunity measures in Guatemala.

To learn more about Freedom House's work in the region, visit our Latin America and the Caribbean programs page. 

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Freedom in the World — Guatemala Country Report

Guatemala is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.