Murders of Women Decrease in Guatemala

By Dialogo
April 01, 2011

Guatemala’s Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz reported a drop in the killing of females from 1,079 reported in 2009 to 934 cases in 2010, according to figures gathered by the Civil National Police. Although domestic violence accounts for a large percentage of violence against women, in the area of Alta Verapaz, where sexual violence has been prevalent, there are direct links to narcotraffickers.
Less than 4 percent of all homicide cases in Guatemala result in convictions, according to Amnesty International, a human rights organization. Guatemala’s attorney general said the country is making strides to eradicate violence against women, but recognizes that there is more work ahead.