A Reflection on Transitional Justice in Guatemala 15 Years After the-Peace Agreements
Chapter 18 of Victims of International Crimes: An Interdisciplinary Discourse 297 (Thorsten Bonacker & Christoph Safferling, eds., Springer 2013).
This chapter is a reflection of what the wartime prosecutions in Guatemala have achieved in the past fifteen years since the signing of the peace agreements. Through their participation in emblematic wartime cases in Guatemala, victims have infused the justice system with accountability to make it harder for individual prosecutors or judges to dismiss the cases; they have brought resources that have resulted in better investigations, better trials and better evidence and even more protection for the brave prosecutors and judges and they have creatively pushed the boundaries of law to advance criminal law and procedural doctrines in accordance with international legal developments. However, these heroic efforts in important individual cases have yielded few lasting reforms in the judicial system of Guatemala. It is time for Guatemala to acknowledge that it has asked too much the victims and to consider alternative models for addressing the persistent and endemic problems of transitional justice in the country.
Thorsten Bonacker & Christoph Safferling
T. M. C. Asser Press
Guatemala, Transitional justice, post-conflict transition, victims, prosecution, amnesty
Aldana, Raquel, "A Reflection on Transitional Justice in Guatemala 15 Years After the-Peace Agreements" (2013). McGeorge School of Law Scholarly Books. 15.