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Guatemala: For Memory, Against Impunity

March 18, 2019

Interview via Skype with Guatemala's first female Attorney General, Claudia Paz y Paz, begins in minute 2:36. 

Panel event "Guatemala: For Memory, Against Impunity," presented at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) on March 17, 2019.  The event was co-hosted by Interpeace, the World Organization Against Torture, Casa Allianza, the Geneva Solidarity Delegation and the Right Livelihood Award.

After decades of civil war and despite a developing democratic process, Guatemala is struggling to cope with widespread violence and impunity in the country. The event began with the screening of the documentary Burden of Peace, which illustrates the work of Guatemala’s first female Attorney General, Claudia Paz y Paz, and her fight against impunity, as she seeks to bring justice and truth on the crimes committed during the civil war. A short interview via Skype was conducted with Claudia before the panel event began.

The panel discussion included prominent figures in Guatemala’s political landscape who discussed the current situation on the eve of the presidential elections on June 2019.

The panelists were:

  • Iván Velásquez – Commissioner of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala
  • Juana Baca Velasco – Director of the Ixiles Association of Women’s Organizations
  • Lenina García – Secretary General of the Student’s Association of the San Carlos University

The event was moderated by Arnoldo Gálvez, Global Communications Lead of Interpeace.



Arnoldo Gálvez, Lenina García, Iván Velásquez and Juana Baca Velasco. Photo credit: FIFDH/Miguel Bueno