Practice Relating to Rule 157. Jurisdiction over War Crimes
Guatemala’s Penal Code (1973) provides that Guatemalan criminal law applies to “any offence which, by virtue of a treaty or convention, is punishable in Guatemala, even if the offence is not committed in Guatemalan territory”.
The Code includes several war crimes as crimes under national law.
Guatemala’s Code of Criminal Procedure (1992) provides that courts and other authorities responsible for trials must fulfil the obligations imposed on them by international treaties in the matter of respect for human rights.