Guatemala News: October 29 – November 4

The OIM recommends a gender perspective to Guatemalan migration analysis

The OIM (International Organization for Migration) has recommended an inclusion of studying of women perspective in regards to migration. Women are exposed to risks such as sexual abuse, kidnapping, extortion, amongst many others. It is important to understand the effects this has to reduce the levels and prevent dangers traditionally faced by migrant women. Jorge Peraza, Head of the Mission, urged governments to implement accompanying measures and integration in favor of returnees, if they are to be deported to their home countries.

All clear for territorial referendum with Belize

Guatemala celebrates the clearing for a referendum on its’ territorial dispute with Belize. In 2008, the two countries agreed to submit their dispute to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, but without the populations endorsement of the pact in referendums, it was not possible to implement an accord.

Last week, the Guatemalan congress ratified the revision for a protocol allowing non-simultaneous plebiscites, which had been signed by both parties in 2015. The government will now be able to educate the public on the issue, and decide on a date to hold the referendum.

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