ABSTRACT

Perspective Series: Guatemala: Democracy and Human Rights   [open pdf - 412KB]

"This paper has been particularly written to address the information needs and issues of concern to U.S. Asylum Officers and other Immigration Officers. […].Despite these historic developments, Guatemala still has a long way to go to create a society and polity capable of safeguarding the most basic human rights of its citizens. That is particularly true of its historically oppressed indigenous majority. Well over a hundred thousand Mayan peasants perished in the civil war, almost all at the hands of the armed forces, who frequently massacred entire villages. Though the war has receded, the racism that fed its savagery has not. As documented in this report, incidents of discrimination and violence directed at members of indigenous ethnic groups continue to be widespread."

Report Number:
PS/GTM/97.001
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Date:
1997-06
Copyright:
Public Domain
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: http://www.uscis.gov/
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pdf
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