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.
Guatemala: No press freedom, no democracy
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