Human Rights Across Continents: A Comparative Analysis of the human rights situation in Guatemala and Uganda


Francisco Javier Sanjuán Bayarte

The presentation comprises an introduction with general data and practical facts from both countries, Guatemala and Uganda, a quick review of the historic background of both countries, linking the different developments in history with their own consequences in the human rights context. I will review the ratification status of both countries to the different human rights treaties. And, finally, I will highlight  the different thematic areas that have common human rights challenges in both countries.

Francisco Javier Sanjuán Bayarte was born in Barcelona, obtained a Law Degree in 1992 by the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, and, in 2005, Master Degree on Migrations by the University of Comillas.

He has approximately 13 years of experience in Guatemala in the areas of human rights and international cooperation for development, with the NGOs "Fundación Myrna Mack" (between 1995 and 1996), "Solidaridad Internacional (1997), with the UN Mission of Verification in Guatemala (Misión de Naciones Unidas en Guatemala-MINUGUA- (1997-2003), with the Institutto Sindical de Cooperación al Desarrollo-ISCOD- (2004-2005), and with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala OHCHR (June 2006-2008). Between January and june 2006, he worked as Legal Counselor for Migrants in the Gibraltar Strait area.  After this, he worked 6 years as a Team Leader en Juba, South Sudan, for the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) (August 2006- November 2009). Currently, he is a Human Rights Officer for OHCHR in Kampala, Uganda (May 2010-currently).