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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of (a) human rights and (b) the rule of law in Guatemala.
The Human Rights situation in Guatemala has improved since the signing of the Peace Accords in 1996, following 36 years of conflict. However, we continue to be concerned by the growth of organised crime, the activities of gangs, called maras, and widespread impunity which threaten the rule of law in Guatemala. We are also concerned by attacks on human rights defenders and the increase in violence against women.
Our Embassy in Guatemala City works closely with human rights organisations and will continue to press the Guatemalan authorities to implement in full the 1996 Peace Accords, investigate reports of human rights abuses thoroughly and tackle impunity.