Since ending the mandate of the United Nations-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala in 2018, investigations have slowed down, limiting accountability for large-scale government corruption and abuses of power. There are significant delays in the appointment of judges and high court justices, marred by corruption allegations, threatening judicial independence. Harassment and violence against human rights defenders and journalists remain a major concern. Authorities have restricted access to information about Covid-19 confirmed cases and measures to address the pandemic. Gang-related violence is driving many people, including unaccompanied youth, to leave the country.

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