State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino issued the following press statement concerning the proposed amendment to the national reconciliation law. The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights expressed a similar concern in January 2019.
The United States is deeply concerned about the proposed amendment to the national reconciliation law in Guatemala. The amendment would grant broad amnesty for perpetrators of serious human rights violations and abuses as well as for convicted criminals.
The trials held in Guatemala for crimes related to human rights violations and abuses have restored dignity to the victims’ surviving families, inspired increased trust in state institutions, and served as a positive example to other nations seeking to address a legacy of conflict.
The United States remains committed to supporting Guatemalan institutions and the Guatemalan people in their ongoing fight against corruption and impunity.