International Center for Human Rights Research

The International Center for Human Rights Research (CIIDH) in Guatemala was formed in 1993 to support and seek justice for victims of the Guatemalan civil war. CIIDH focused on investigating past human rights abuses and winning reparations for victims of the Guatemalan civil war, as well as protecting political rights in the postwar era. The Guatemala City-based organization began budget work and policy advocacy in 1997 after the Peace Accords. In addition to promoting political reconciliation under the Accords, the CIIDH monitored military spending in Guatemala and has since expanded the scope of its work to include research and advocacy on fiscal policy, analysis of social spending, and the promotion of budget transparency and accountability in Guatemala. 


  • Jorge Alberto Santos Contreras Coordinador General
  • Mario Celada Coordinator of Fiscal and Budget Studies
  • Carla Caxaj Researcher
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  • 5ta Calle 1-49 Zona 1 Ciudad de Guatemala Guatemala. C.A.

Area of Expertise

CIIDH was founded in 1993 to promote and defend human rights in Guatemala. It has experience in monitoring military budgets but has focused on research and advocacy for first and second generation rights. 

Additional Information
  • The Observatory of Social Spending, a project of the International Center for Human Rights Research, seeks to influence spending on health, education, gender, and food and nutrition security in Guatemala through the observatory of national social spending, for citizen debate and the strengthening of social auditing, accountability and fiscal transparency. Learn more »
  • Read CIIDH's 2011 IBP Partnership Initiative Profile »