On the Proposed Amendment to the National Reconciliation Legislation in Guatemala

Statement by Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson
U.S. Department of State

The United States is deeply concerned about the proposed amendment to the national reconciliation law in Guatemala.  The amendment would grant broad amnesty for perpetrators of serious human rights violations and abuses as well as for convicted criminals.

The trials held in Guatemala for crimes related to human rights violations and abuses have restored dignity to the victims’ surviving families, inspired increased trust in state institutions, and served as a positive example to other nations seeking to address a legacy of conflict.  

The United States remains committed to supporting Guatemalan institutions and the Guatemalan people in their ongoing fight against corruption and impunity.