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Rome Statute   Guatemala deposited its instrument of accession at the UN Treaty Office on 2 Apil 2012. After many years of consistent advocacy by different stakeholders, newly sworn in Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina, an ex military general, stated during his inaugural speech on January 14th, 2012, that his government’s […] commitment with the rule of law in all its expressions would lead them to try to achieve ratification of the Rome Statute of the ICC”. On 19 January 2012, the Plenary of Congress approved the ICC bill on first reading, and the bill was subsequently approved on a second reading on January 24th, as well as on the third and final general reading on January 26th.
Agreement on Privileges and Immunities Guatemala has not signed the Agreement on Privileges and Immunities.
Bilateral Immunity Agreement
Implementing Legislation Following Guatemala’s accession to the Rome Statute in April 2012, local civil society, spearheaded by the Guatemalan national Coalition for the ICC, established a technical working group comprised of civil society, government representatives (including the MFA), representatives of international organizations, and the ICRC, tasked with producing draft legislation which implements Rome Statute crimes and principles into domestic law, as well as draft legislation on cooperation with the ICC. To this purpose, the technical working group organized a number of activities in 2012 and 2013, including hosting roundtable discussions in late October 2012 and May 2013 to gather input from international and national experts regarding the current draft ICC implementing law. These reforms also include efforts to provide jurisdiction to Guatemalan courts to comply with ICC requests, a technical requirement under the Guatemalan legal system.

During the 2012 ASP, the delegation of Guatemala indicated that the government is considering the ratification of the Kampala amendments. In addition, during the same ASP, progress toward accession of APIC was announced. As of 2013, the Guatemalan Executive is reviewing the accession of APIC.

On 21 May 2014, the working group on the implementation of the Rome Statute in Guatemala – spearheaded by the Guatemalan Coalition for the ICC and comprised by members of civil society as well as government representatives – submitted the draft bill of implementation of the RS to the Guatemalan Congress. The bill is set to be discussed, initially, at a Working Group established for this purpose within the Committee of Legislature, and which includes representatives from the Executive, civil society and the Armed Forces.
Membership OAS (Organization of American States), Rio Group
Audio Visual Resources
Author Date and Title
09 May 2013
Entrevista con Michelle Reyes Milk en la implementación del Estatuto de Roma en Guatemala
26 Apr 2013
Justice in Guatemala: What Happened to the Rios Montt Trial, and Where Can it Go from Here?
France 24
13 Mar 2013
Interview with Reed Brody, Human Rights Watch
07 Jan 2013
Coalición Guatemalteca por la CPI, demanda ley que permita juzgar delitos
31 Oct 2012
Buscan iniciativa de ley para implementar Estatuto de Roma
30 Oct 2012
Buscan iniciativa de ley para implementar Estatuto de Roma
Conference Reports and Declarations
Author Date, Title and Summary
Latin American NGOs
03 Oct 2008
03 Oct 2003
II Taller Centroamericano
08 May 2003
19 Feb 1998
Government and Inter-governmental Documents
Author Date and Title
Min. de RREE de la Rep. de Guatemala
14 May 2016
Comunicado del Min. de RREE de la Rep. de Guatemala sobre la vista de Al-Bashir a Uganda
Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay, Venezu
18 July 2013
Communiqué on the occasion of the Day of International Criminal Justice
23 Apr 2013
Statement of the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, on the judicial process against the former Head of State and former Chief of Intelligence of Guatemala
H.E. Mr. Julio Roberto Palomo Silva
13 July 2012
Statement of H.E. Mr. Julio Roberto Palomo Silva, Ambassador of Guatemala to The Netherlands, at the ICC’s welcome ceremony for Guatemala
Congress of Guatemala
26 Jan 2012
Decree that approves Ratification of the Rome Statute
Dec 2011
Statement made during the 10th Assembly of States Parties- Guatemala
Tribunal Primero de Sentencia Penal, Narcoactividad y Delitos contra el Ambiente
02 Aug 2011
Caso Masacre de las Dos Erres
NGO Letters, Papers, Reports, and Statements
Author Date and Title
Emi MacLean and Iris Portillo, OSJI
03 Nov 2014
Justice in Guatemala: New Efforts, Continuing Threats
06 June 2014
Erwin Sperisen sentenced: NGOs welcome an important step in fighting impunity
16 May 2014
Anniversary of Guatemala’s Genocide Verdict Marked by Denial and Polarization
Emi MacLean, OSJI
07 Apr 2014
Guatemalan Judge Faces Retaliation over Role in Genocide Trial
Emi MacLean, OSJI
07 Nov 2013
Guatemala Faces Human Rights Complaint over Rios Montt Trial Debacle
Amnesty International
25 Oct 2013
History on hold for victims of Guatemalan genocide
International Crisis Group
23 Sept 2013
Justice on Trial in Guatemala: The Ríos Montt Case
NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
22 Apr 2016
Guatemala avanza en proceso de implementación del Estatuto de Roma
24 Apr 2015
Guatemala Recommits to Battle against Criminal Impunity
19 Mar 2015
Guatemala Should Seek Renewal of UN-backed Anti-Impunity Commission
07 Oct 2014
Organizaciones internacionales señalan que procesos de selección judicial en Guatemala no respetaron estándares internacionales
Amnesty International
06 June 2014
Former Guatemalan police chief found guilty for killings
Amnesty International
20 May 2014
Guatemala slipping back into impunity on anniversary of overturned genocide conviction
Amnesty International
11 Feb 2014
USA: Guatemalan soldier accused of massacre must face justice