May 12, 2007

Guatemala News Watch: Congress: Laws go to Congressional Session

The following article appeared in this morning's GT newspaper, Prensa Libre:
"Congresso: Leyes van a la Congeladora".

Below is a translation c/o Maria,
"Congress: Laws go to Congressional Session"

Not less than 14 laws have been prioritized by the Executive and the Congress, last January, and they should wait until their return in August to further discuss the paln for the nation, due to the recess beginning after May 15. (opinion of the writer of the article) The article continues to then explain the Laws.

Planned in the next session, this Tuesday, we predict the overall approval of the "Convenio de La Haya", which would detail the process of adopting a child.

(the article then discusses other issues and laws not related to adoptions)

It concludes with-
Law of Adoptions- the Legislators have not reached a consensus.

Posted by Kelly at May 12, 2007 10:34 AM

We are new to this process. What does this article mean?

Posted by: Kelli at May 14, 2007 06:53 AM

A quick translation correction -- the headline actually reads "Laws Go to the Freezer", and the article seems to deal with the legislature's overall lack of progress at approving various items on its agenda. The article does say that Congress plans to approve tomorrow, May 15, the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions.

Posted by: Lee at May 14, 2007 10:39 AM

Regarding the translation, at times precise wording does not make sense to our readers and causes unnecessary stress. The term going "to the freezer" would imply that nothing would happen or that laws would be frozen. This would cause confusion amongst our readers, who we provide accurate, official, up to date information to. The Hague is not frozen and will be read this Tuesday as reported. No consensus has been reached regarding the Law of Adoptions, as of yet. Marie,

Posted by: marie at May 14, 2007 12:46 PM

Well is this good or not?

Posted by: Nancy at May 14, 2007 02:09 PM


Thanks for posting this update..... Regarding the translation issue, however, I think it would be more accurate to translate the title as "laws put on hold" which, appears to be just what will happen since the congress is on hiatus from May 15 until August - with the possible exception of the Hague bill.....

To the posters who asked whether this is good news or not - if one is from the US, whether or not the Hague bill passes is IMHO relatively moot, as it appears to be largely an attempt to legitimize Guatemala's membership in the Hague since the method by which Guatemala originally joined was ruled unconstitutional by the Guatemalan Constitutional Court in 2003.

Regardless of whether the Hague bill passes, further legislation would be required to set up and fund an adoption system in Guatemala that would comply with the Hague Convention, and as the article stated there is no consensus on such laws... Further, the passage (or defeat) of the pending Hague bill is IMHO unlikely to affect the US DOS threat to stop issuing new visas to children adopted from Guatemala after the Hague is fully implemented in the US sometime next year.

again - JMHO. Ellen - member of Families Without Borders - see:

Posted by: Ellen at May 14, 2007 04:04 PM

My husband and I are in the midst of dossier preparation so this is all certainly of great concern to us. I must admit that I am totally unclear about what this all means - anyone else? Thanks for keeping us informed!

Posted by: Jenny at May 14, 2007 06:01 PM

So sorry, but the article does not say that the laws are on "hold". The writer of the newspaper article suggests that the laws "should be on hold", or slang word, "frozen", due to the session ending today, Tuesday, May 15 and that would give more time on the planning of the future of GT. The article then discusses various laws including the Hague which is up for a 3rd reading today and will probably pass, as the newspaper writer suggests, yet concludes with the Law of Adoption having no consensus to date. This is precisely what I wanted to avoid...confusion in semantics.

Posted by: marie at May 15, 2007 10:08 AM
Post a comment

Remember personal info?