Practice Relating to Rule 135. Children
In 2006, in its initial report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child under the 2000 Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, Guatemala stated:
More than 3,000 guerrillas of the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca [Guatemaltecan National Revolutionary Unit] participated in reintegration programmes when the internal armed conflict ended. It is estimated that 214 of those guerrillas were minors.
In 2007, in response to a list of issues raised by the Committee on the Rights of the Child relating to its consideration of the initial report of Guatemala under the 2000 Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, Guatemala stated:
Under the terms of the peace agreements relating to assistance to the victims of the internal armed conflict, however, since 1998, the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare has been implementing a mental health programme as one of its official policies, under which psychological assistance must be available to the victims of the armed conflict in Guatemala.