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Guatemala: For Memory, Against Impunity

On the eve of the June 2019 Presidential elections, Guatemala is still seeking to build a viable democracy in a deeply unequal and violent environment

After decades of civil war and despite a developing democratic process, Guatemala is struggling to cope with widespread violence and impunity in the country. Between organized crime, unchanged political elites and rarely prosecuted war criminals, how can the legitimacy of the State be restored within its democratic and political framework and thus enable the Guatemalan people to restore the social fabric?

Burden of Peace tells the story of Claudia Paz y Paz, Guatemala’s first female attorney general, and her fight against corruption and impunity, as well as her perseverance to bring to justice crimes committed during the civil war, despite the impact on her private life and personal security.

Latin AmericaJusticeGrassroots movements

Sunday 17 March


Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle

Co-presented with the World Organisation Against Torture, Casa Alianza Suisse, Interpeace, the Delegation Genève Ville Solidaire and Right Livelihood Award Foundation


Juana Bacà Velasco Director of ASOREMI – Asociacion Red de Organizaciones de Mujeres Ixhiles

Lenina García General Secretary of the Association of University Students “Oliverio Castañeda de Leon”, University of San Carlos de Guatemala

Iván Velásquez Gómez Jurist and Diplomat, Head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala

Moderated by

Arnoldo Galvez Suarez Interpeace Communication Officer, Author and former Journalist

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Thematic film

Burden of Peace

By Joey Boink

Claudia Paz y Paz, the first woman to hold the position of Attorney General of Guatemala, has set numerous records for high-profile arrests. Despite her determination and spectacular results, she faces resistance from elites who are used to living above the law. Will she win this battle? Here is a breathtaking portrait of a human rights defender committed to the fight against impunity and corruption.

  • Section Thematic film


Joey Boink


  • Annemiek Munneke
  • Bart Voorsluis


  • Framewerk