The National Dialogue – will it lead to greater justice in Guatemala?

Katharine Valencia

DPLF Program Officer

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An ambitious Constitutional reform project convoked by the Government of Guatemala has been underway over the past few months. Known as the “National Dialogue for Justice Sector Reform” (Diálogo Nacional: Hacia la reforma de la Justicia en Guatemala), this project has been led by a Secretariat composed of the Attorney General’s Office, the Human Rights Ombudsman, and the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG, in accordance with its mandate to propose legal reforms). These entities joined forces to draft a proposed set of Constitutional reforms, focusing on a relatively narrow set of specific issues: judicial independence, legal aid, and indigenous justice systems, among others.

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