Guatemala Resources

Are you traveling with us? Or just interested in learning more about human rights issues in Guatemala? Below is a list of books and articles that we recommend to delve deeper into this topic.


I, Rigoberta Menchú by Rigoberta Menchú
A tragic and moving story of Mayan life and government repression, told by Guatemala’s Mayan Nobel Peace Prize winner

Unfinished Conquest: The Guatemalan Tragedy by Victor Perera
Looks at the history of the Maya and their situation in modern Guatemala

Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala by Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer
A detailed account of events leading up to the 1954 coup

Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala
by Victoria Sanford
Chronicles the journey of Maya survivors seeking truth, justice and healing after the government’s genocidal campaign against them

AJWS Global Voices Blog

Indigenous and Rural Communities in Guatemala Demand Their Natural Resource Rights

Justice Overruled? The Overturned Genocide Conviction for Guatemalan Dictator Ríos Montt


The Dictator in the Dock
El Norte

Reports & Country Profiles

BBC News Guatemala Country Profile
The World Bank’s Guatemala Country Profile
Human Rights Watch Guatemala reports
Amnesty International’s library of publications about Guatemala