Structural inequality, restricted political participation and discriminatory state policies are at the core of Guatemala’s challenges today as they were 50 years ago when its war started. 14 years have passed since the signing of the peace accord which marked the end of the country’s conflict and promised durable solutions for those people displaced.
08 December 2009 | Country Profile
Almost twelve years after the end of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war in 1996, the merit of considering internally displaced people (IDPs) separately is open to debate. Some claim that the many problems still shared by IDPs and other groups of victims render the category obsolete, but others argue that the number of forcibly displaced people still unable to regain their land or reintegrate elsewhere means the distinction remains important.
12 August 2008 | Country Profile
The signing of a peace accord in 1996 marked the end of the 36-year-old civil war in Guatemala but not the end of the structural injustices that triggered it. Key commitments, such as the resettlement of the displaced, redistribution of land and compensation for the uprooted people and other victims of the conflict have as of June 2006 only to a very limited degree been implemented.
09 June 2006 | Country Profile
An estimated 200,000 people were killed during Guatemala’s 36-year civil war, mostly at the hands of the armed forces and their paramilitary allies. About one million people became internally displaced or fled the country. The war began in the early 1960s with an insurgency by guerrilla forces fighting for economic and political reforms, following a century and a half of authoritarian regimes and the exclusion of the indigenous majority from wealth and power in Guatemala.
26 August 2004 | Country Profile
Although the conflict in Guatemala has by and large abated, there was a resurgence of civil patrols (paramilitaries) activity, especially in the departments of El Quiché and Baja Verapaz, according to Amnesty International (AI, 4 September 2002).
17 March 2003 | Country Profile
In 1996 the government and representatives of the insurgency movement signed a number of peace accords and brought an end to the 36-year conflict. However, some elements of the accords, such as the reintegration of the displaced, have only been partially implemented.
13 December 2001 | Country Profile