Category Archives: GUATEMALA

Court to Analyze Guatemalan Presidential Candidate Case

Guatemala, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) Sympathizers of former Guatemalan First Lady Sandra Torres remain in front of the headquarters of the Constitutional Court (CC) to put pressure for her registration as presidential candidate. Continue reading

Guatemala Readies Security Plan for Elections

Guatemala, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of the Interior is preparing a strategic plan to ensure security in the September 11 general elections in Guatemala.

According to Interior Minister Carlos Menocal, the program includes risk maps, taking into account violent incidents in previous elections, as well as the characteristics of criminality in some regions of the country. Continue reading

UN Backs Free AIDS/HIV Tests in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) The UN in Guatemala is involved in promoting the campaign Take the HIV Test, to prevent and curb the AIDS virus from spreading.

Local UN agencies are praising the Guatemalan government initiative, which encourages citizens to exercise their right to take the test free of charge, and aims to reach more than 100,000 people. Continue reading

March in Defense of Migrants Leaves Guatemala for Mexico

Mexico, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) The Caravan “Step by Step Towards Peace” leaves Guatemala for Mexico to demand the government of Felipe Calderón the cessation of attacks against Central American migrants, as well as unfairly blaming organized crime for the abuses. Continue reading

Children are Stars of Guatemala Int”l Book Fair

Guatemala, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Children”s learning and enjoyment are the focus of the International Book Fair of Guatemala (Filgua) this weekend.

Running at Parque de la Industria, the fair opened on Thursday, but there is an extensive program of children’s activities over the weekend, when parents are off work. Continue reading

UN Office in Guatemala Condemns Pre-election Violence

Guatemala City, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The Office of the UN Human Rights Commissioner in Guatemala condemned what it called intolerable, ongoing election-related violence in this country.

In a press release, the UN agency condemned attacks against people involved in the election process, including those who work for the Supreme Election Court. Continue reading

Guatemala: Remains Exhumed of Victims of Army Violence

Guatemala, (Prensa Latina) The remains were disinterred of four people killed by the Army in 1966 in eastern Guatemala, completing a process started in the area one week ago. According to the Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo (Mutual Support Group, or GAM), these were the first victims of military forces in the region during the internal armed conflict of 1960-1996, which ended with the signing of peace agreements. Continue reading