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Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances: Guatemala

In international human rights law, an enforced disappearance occurs when a person is secretly abducted by a state, political organization, or by a third party.


Guatemala has a history of extrajudicial forced disappearances, rooted in the Guatemalan Civil War, which took place between 1960 and 1996.² As of 2013, there are 45,000 people who were documented as disappeared during the conflict era.

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Several Guatemalan missing persons posters accompanied with a caption. "Where are they?" (Image source)