The Centro Para la Accion Legal en Derechos Humanos (CALDH, Centre for Human Rights Legal Action) began in the 1980s as an unofficial association united to fight for basic human rights to help establish peace during Guatemala’s 36-year civil war. Following the Peace Accords of 1996, CALDH was recognised as an official institution that promotes and defends human rights, while consciously recognising the historical memory of Guatemala’s civil war in its pursuit of basic freedoms.
CALDH aims to further a full national and international understanding of Guatemala’s, to ensure that this history will not be repeated. CALDH trains partner organisations and groups in order to allow them to speak out against impunity and injustices in Guatemala.
CALDH implements this work through four programmes:
- Programme of Justice and Reconciliation (DEJURE)
- Women’s Rights
- Indigenous Town’s Rights
- Youth Rights