Guatemala’s Constitutional Court Allows Controversial NGO Law to Be Implemented

Country: Guatemala
May 18, 2021

Guatemala’s Constitutional Court has overturned its previous ruling and will allow Decree 4-2020, the controversial NGO law that gives the executive branch the power to dissolve NGOs that it considers a ‘threat’ to public order, to become law. In early 2020, civil society and international organizations warned that Decree 4-2020 puts Guatemala’s civil society at risk of being arbitrarily disbanded and would “implement limitations and controls in the registration and operation of NGO functions in an inconsistent manner with the rights to freedom of expression and association.” The World Movement for Democracy documented civil society advocacy efforts that led to the Court’s 2020 ruling to temporarily suspend the Decree.

To read more about the court’s decision, click here.