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Project ID:00080403Description:PBF/GTM/B-1 Criminal Investiga
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 30 Nov 2011
Security -W2
End Date*: 31 Dec 2015
Country: Guatemala Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Descripción del proyecto (Spanish version)

EI proyecto contribuye a ampliar las capacidades de instituciones nacionales clave en cuanto a investigación criminal, incluyendo, en el Ministerio Publico el fortalecimiento de la Dirección de Investigaciones Criminales (OICRI), el fortalecimiento de la Unidad de Análisis, y la instalación del modele de persecución penal estratégica en la fiscalía de trata de personas y en la fiscalía de delitos en contra de la mujer. Se fortalecerá el departamento de investigación de delitos sexuales, trata de personas, niñez y adolescencia, y delitos conexos de la Policía Nacional Civil. Además, se buscara institucionalizar mecanismos dirigidos a fortalecer la coordinación y el trabajo conjunto para la investigación criminal del Ministerio

Publico can el Ministerio de Gobernación y con el Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Forenses.


Calificación en el "Marcador de género": 2

Que corresponde a proyectos con componentes, actividades y presupuestos específicamente asignados a mujeres.


Área prioritaria y efecto/resultado:

Área prioritaria 1: Actividades destinadas a responder a las amenazas inminentes para el proceso de paz, apoyo a la aplicación de los acuerdos de paz y el dialogo político, en particular en relación con el fortalecimiento de las instituciones nacionales y los procesos creados por esos acuerdos.

Efecto PBF 2: : EI Sistema judicial es fortalecido a través del equipamiento, personal y capacitación a la Oficina de Magistrados y a los tribunales, para establecer la credibilidad, profesionalismo, independencia y eficiencia en el sistema judicial y la reforma a de la ley incluyente, a fin de institucionalizar el Estado de Derecho.


Productos y actividades clave:

Fortalecidas las capacidades estatales en análisis e investigación criminal.



Background (English Version)

The passing in 2008 of the Framework Law of the National Security Council, and the signing in April 2009 by the Presidents of the three State branches and the Public Prosecutor’s Office, of the National Accord for the Advancement of Security and Justice (NAASJ) have opened previously un-existent prospects to advance towards clarity in policies and better coordination among relevant actors. The NAASJ establishes a basis for policies on security and justice issues and sets out 101 commitments on 10 thematic axes.


The NAASJ presents significant strategic opportunities for peacebuilding as it has brought about stronger political will than has existed in the past on these matters. This coincides with the fact that the UN’s International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) is showing tangible results and is contributing towards positive change in matters of impunity, justice, and consequently in security as well. The acknowledgement of the low capacities of national institutions to follow-up on CICIG’s work and the existence of a growing mass of committed staff in national institutions willing to work in this direction are propitious conditions for the project.


The prioritization by the three branches of government – with significant input from civil society, CICIG and the international community -- of the most urgent and catalytic actions of the NAASJ provides a clear roadmap for coordination by key national actors in civil and political society, and by the international donor community. These are reforms that need to be implemented in the short term, and that should and could be continued by the government that comes to power after the 2011 presidential elections, and by successive governments.


The priorities at issue are: police reform, strengthening of national capacities for criminal investigation, strengthening the special unit dealing with CICIG´s cases in the General Prosecutor Office, implementing a plan for protection of justice sector operators, strengthening the witness protection program, creating an institute for attention to victims, implementing special tribunals for processing high impact cases, increasing the overall number of tribunals, approving required by-laws for penitentiary reform, designing and approving a national criminal policy, approving and implementing legislation prioritized by the Congress´ working group on security and justice, designing and implementing efficient statistical and information systems.


Strengthening of the implementation of the ANASJ is the basis of the Priority Plan approved for funding by the PBF. It is in response to the strengthening of national capacities for criminal investigation that the present project is aimed at.


Purpose of Proposed Project

The project contributes to the expansion of key national institutions in their capacities for criminal investigation, including the General Prosecutor’s Office’s Directorate for Criminal Investigations, the strengthening of its Analysis Unit, and the implementation of the strategic penal prosecution model in its unit for crimes on human trafficking and its unit for crimes against women. It will also strengthen the capacities of the National Civilian Police’s Department for the investigation of sexual, human trafficking, childhood and adolescence, and related crimes. The project will facilitate inter-institutional coordination among the General Prosecutor’s Office, the National Civilian Police, and the National Institute of Forensic Sciences.


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