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The Transitional Justice Peace Agreements Database.  
Database - Record for : Agreement on a Firm and Lasting Peace
Record 260

Country :


Agreement Title/Name:
Agreement on a Firm and Lasting Peace
Year :
Date Signed :

29 December 1996

Summary :

Triggered implementation of all previous agreements and bound them into an agenda for peace.

Parties :
Govt of Guatemala, URNG, UN
Third Parties :
Statehood/Identity :
Art. 5. recognition of the identity and rights of indigenous peoples is essential for building a mul-ethnic, multicultural and mutlilingual country of national unity. Respect for and the exercise of the political, cultural, economic, and spiritual rights of all Guatemalans is the foundation for a new coexistence reflecting the diversity of their nation.
Governance/Democratic Inst :
Art.10 commits to strengthening civil power as a prerequisite to democracy. Art. 14 improving electoral regime.
Women :
Not Applicable
Amnesty :
Not Applicable
Past Mechanism :
art. 4. the Guatemalan people are entitled to know the full truth about the HR violations and acts of violence that occurred in the context of the internal armed conflict. Shedding light objectively and impartially on what happened will contribute to the process of antional reconciliation and democratization in the country.
Prisoner Release :
Not Applicable
Victims :
Not Applicable
Criminal Justice Reform :
Not Applicable
National Human Rights Inst :
Not Applicable
Human Rights Framework :
art. 2. govt reaffirms commitment to human rights and determination to enforce them.
Judicial Reform :
Not Applicable
Policing :
Not Applicable
Refugees/Land :
art. 3 recognizes right of refugees and IDPs to reisde and live freely in Guatemala. Govt undertakes to ensure their return and settlement.
Civil Society :
art.1 notes endorsement of Assembly of Civil Society; arts. 6 and 7. rhetorical commitments to participation of all sectors of society in firm and lasting peace and socioeconomic development; 9. state and organized sector of society must join forces to find soln to agrarian problems and promote rural development; 10. strengthening of civilian power is an essential prerequisite for the existence of a democratic regime; art. 17 thanks ASC (amongst several others) for part played in process
Dev& Socio-Economic Rights :
6. Firm and lasting peace mustbe based on participatory socioeconomic development that is geared to the common good and to the needs of the entire population. Such development requires social justice, as one of the cornerstones of national unity and solidarity, and sustainable economic growth as a prerequisite for meeting the population's social demands.
Enforcement Mechanism :
International Community :
art. 17 special thanks to Group of Friends- Colombia, Mexico, Norway, Spain, US, Venezuela.
UN Involvement :
Signatory to agmt; art. 17 special thanks to UN
Source :
UN Peacemaker

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