On 8 and 9 May 2018, Impunity Watch organised an international seminar on reparations in Guatemala. Fifteen years since the establishment of the National Reparations Program (PNR), the seminar sought to promote a critical debate on reparations policies in Guatemala and to produce recommendations to develop an integral reparations plan for victims of human rights violations that were perpetrated during the internal armed conflict. Over 150 people participated in the seminar, including public officials, human rights defenders, victims, and members of the diplomatic corps. The victims played a central role in the panel discussions. During his presentation, Juan Pérez, from the National Victims’ Network, expressed that: “After 15 years of struggle for the programme, we are still pushing for it to include the participation of victims. This will not be possible so long as a programme that includes the active participation of the beneficiaries for whom the programme is not conceived.” Also present at the seminar were the new UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Fabián Salvioli, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who was conducting an official visit to Guatemala.
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