The Role of Civil Society in Peace Processes – A Case Study of Guatemala: Ethical Reflections

PRIO Report

Hauge, Wenche Iren (2022) The Role of Civil Society in Peace Processes – A Case Study of Guatemala: Ethical Reflections, FAIR Case Brief, 3. Oslo: PRIO.

​The Guatemalan peace process from 1990 to 1996 represents an early example of the inclusion of civil society in a negotiation process. However, once included, what role could civil society play – and in this case what role was it allowed to play? Clearly, civil society had an influence on the negotiations between the government and the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (URNG), but on some sensitive and critical issues civil society was prevented from exerting pressure on the parties. This case brief looks at the ethical implications of this situation.