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Pending Legislation in Guatemala to Grant Amnesty to Perpetrators of Crimes Against Humanity

  • 2456 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

The staff of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission would like to bring to your attention a congressional staff briefing on legislation currently under consideration by the Guatemalan Congress. Initiative 5377 would amend the 1996 National Reconciliation Law to grant retroactive amnesty and free from prison within 24 hours people convicted for crimes such as executions, forced disappearance, torture and sexual violence, considered to be crimes against humanity. The bill is pending a third reading and a final vote. On March 12 the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered Guatemala to halt consideration of the bill in order to guarantee victims’ right to justice as provided under Guatemalan and international law.

DATE:     Monday, March 18, 2019  
TIME:      9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 
PLACE:   2456 Rayburn House Office Building

Briefing participants

  • Ari S. Bassin, Senior Policy Advisor for Transitional Justice, U.S. Department of State
    (invited)

  • Fredy Peccerelli, Executive Director, Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation

  • Jo-Marie Burt, PhD, Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

  • Mark L. Schneider, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

This meeting is open to congressional staff and interns only. For any questions or to RSVP, please email
Kimberly Stanton or call ext. 5-3599.