In September 1994, the General Assembly decided to establish a Human Rights Verification in Guatemala acting on a recommendation by the Secretary-General that such a mission could make a contribution to a persisting pattern of human rights abuse. The mission terminated in May 1997.
The ribbon represents the colours of the Guatemala flag brought together in the center by UN blue. Qualifying time for the medal is 90 days of service in the Mission.
Personnel contributors are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, Uruguay, United States of America and Venezuela.