IW is a non-profit human rights organisation. It was founded in 2008 in response to calls from Guatemalan human rights groups, in support of their struggle for redress after the civil war of 1960-1996. Today Impunity Watch works in a broad range of countries, and has offices in Burundi, Guatemala, and The Netherlands.
We are passionately dedicated to ending impunity for severe violations of human rights. We analyse, advocate, and partner to help local communities seek accountability for crimes, and for systemic injustice. By doing so, we help transform social and political possibilities in affected communities. We seek to work from the bottom up, and to support victims and survivors in the exercise of their rights.
Although we work on TJ issues, we also work for justice in situations where there is no moment of transition, or where nominal transition is long past. We closely partner with local organisations, using a participative and context-sensitive approach in which we support, partner, and work with particularly vulnerable or marginalised groups. Impunity has many aspects, and so our work is at once legal, social, and political. We advocate for politically-sensitive justice strategies, and are particularly known for our long-term expertise in Guatemala and Burundi.
The Observatory of Judicial Independence is a tool to monitor and analyse the internal and external factors that threaten judicial independence in Guatemala.