Guatemala’s human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review


3 November 2017

GENEVA (3 November 2017) – Guatemala’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 8 November 2017 in a meeting that will be webcast live.

Guatemala is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 6 to 17 November.  Guatemala’s first and second UPR reviews took place in May 2008 and October 2012, respectively.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report - information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.

Among the issues raised in the above-mentioned documents are: combatting discrimination, exclusion and inequality including in health, education and employment; fighting gender inequality, stereotypes and violence against women and girls; the social and environmental impacts of monocultures, mining and energy projects; combatting organized crime and corruption; fostering legal pluralism, communal land rights and political participation of indigenous people; poor detention conditions and prison overcrowding; the protection of human rights defenders, trade unionists and journalists, specifically in contexts of transitional justice, environmental, indigenous and peasants’ rights; combatting poverty and malnutrition, particularly in rural areas; eliminating child labour and corporal punishment; and limitations to legal capacity and the institutionalization of persons with disabilities.

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Guatemala on 8 November can be found here.

Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Time and date: 14.30 – 18.00, Wednesday, 8 November (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)

The UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States.  Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed twice within the first and second UPR cycles.  During the third UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews which they committed to follow-up on, as well as to highlight recent human rights developments in the country.

The delegation of Guatemala will be headed by Jorge Luis Borrayo Reyes, President of the Presidential Commission and Coordinator of the Executive's Policy on Human Rights

The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Guatemala are: Ecuador, India and Croatia.

The webcast of the session will be at

The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Guatemala will be posted on the UPR Extranet at the following link.

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Guatemala at 17.30 on 10 November.  The State under review may wish to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during their review.  The recommendations will be shared with the media on this day in advance.   


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