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Archaeological Map

CIA World Factbook

Country Overview

Targeted Groups
Alert Status
Genocide Stage(s)
  • Mayan indigeneous groups

  • Human rights and indigenous rights defenders, political opponents 

  • Guatemalan government 

  • Perpetrators (militaries, political leaders, civilians) of the 1982-1983 genocide 

Stage 3: Discrimination, Stage 8: Persecution, Stage: 10: Denial


The Guatemalan civil war lasted from 1960 to 1996 and resulted in over 200 000 people killed, 80 percent of whom were Mayan. In a report published in 1999, the Guatemalan Commission for Historical Clarification has found that, between 1981 and 1983, the state  committed acts of genocide against the Mayan people. More than 20 years later, impunity remains rampant in the country. The government of Guatemala fails to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice and to protect indigenous and human rights defenders (Genocide Watch, 2020). 

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Genocide, Impunity and Guatemalan Lives - Genocide and Human Rights Webinar Series

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Guatemala: Memory of Silence. Report of the Commission for Historical Clarification. Conclusions and Recommendations.

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Centro para la Acción Legal en Derechos Humanos

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