Ambassador Berger on "Reconciliation and Transitional Justice in Guatemala"

Oct 11, 2011

Ambassador Berger: “No sustainable development without rule of law”.

Today the Permanent Mission of Germany hosted together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Permanent Mission of Guatemala and the Columbia University a high-level roundtable discussion on “Supporting Reconciliation and Transitional Justice in Guatemala”.

Rule of law and access to justice are vital pillars of sustainable development, especially in post-conflict situations. Germany supports reconciliation and transitional justice processes worldwide not only in its bilateral cooperation programmes but also by funding the UNDP Global Programme on Access to Justice for Human Development and contributing to the UNDP Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund.

Ambassador Miguel Berger emphasized in its opening remarks at the roundtable discussion the vivid interest Germany has taken in the process of national reconciliation in Guatemala since the signing of the Peace Accords in 1996. “True reconciliation is not possible without an honest evaluation of what happened in the past”, he underlined. In order to promote the memory of the past and therefore build a sustainable basis for the future, Germany supports the International Commission against Impunity (CICIG) and works closely together with victims’ associations. “The support to CICIG is the most obvious symbol never to accept crime and human rights violations as parts of society”, Ambassador Berger concluded.

Besides Carlos Menocal, Minister of Interior of Guatemala, a number of representatives of government and judiciary participated in the event and discussed the achievements in reconciliation and transitional justice as well as the challenge of further improving the level of human development and strengthening the primacy of the rule of law.

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