Challenges Beyond Public Health – Guatemala and the Covid-19 Crisis

Due to its violent past of a 36 year-long internal armed conflict and the scourge of corruption, the COVID-19 pandemic presents to Guatemala great challenges that goes beyond ensuring healthcare to its population. The excessive use of imprisonment in the enforcement of sanitary measures, the protection of detained persons, ensuring the effective implementation of financial assistance programs, achieving accountability of public servants during the crisis, and the reactivation of the judiciary are some of the issues that demands a proper answer from the Guatemalan state. This post analyzes the “emergency state” implemented in Guatemala and presents some of the measures and effects related to the current crisis.

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Transplant Pains: What’s at Stake in Guatemala’s Constitutional Showdown?

The Guatemalan Constitutional Court has ordered President Jimmy Morales to allow the head of the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) to return to the country. The President, his son, and is brother are under investigation by the Commission, and he seems unwilling to yield. What are the implications of this constitutional showdown?

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