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.
Freedom in the World — Guatemala Country Report
Guatemala is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
News & Perspectives on Guatemala
Guatemala: Government Should Uphold Human Rights Principles during the State of Siege
September 8, 2019
US Act Would Address Corruption in Guatemala
March 7, 2019
Fifth Journalist Murdered in Guatemala This Year
June 28, 2016
Guatemala: Murder of Journalists Makes Protection Urgent
June 7, 2016
Guatemala: Urgent Need to Investigate Murder of Environmentalist
March 16, 2016
Guatemala Should Immediately Investigate Murder of Journalists
March 9, 2015