'Looking the Monster in the Face'

Title'Looking the Monster in the Face'
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleThe International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala and the 'Rule of Law-builders Contract'
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsSch√ľnemann, J
Number of Pages32 pp.
PublisherInitiative for Peacebuilding, Security Cluster
Accession Number1590

Guatemala simultaneously faces a post-conflict recovery and a dual crisis of security and legitimacy. Since 2007, the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) has been in place. CICIG's mandate is to support, strengthen and assist Guatemalan institutions in identifying, investigating, prosecuting, and ultimately dismantling domestic illegal security apparatuses and clandestine security organisations. This report seeks to analyse a sui generis approach towards the strengthening of the rule of law in a protracted conflict environment. It takes into account the interplay between external and internal actors, the "rule of law-builders contract" as well as the political settlement underpinning the Guatemalan state.

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