Le invita a la presentacion del estudio: Avances y Obstaculos de la Justicia Transicional en Guatemala

Cordialmente les invitamos a la presentación del informe "Avances y
obstáculos de la justicia transicional en Guatemala", la cual se realizará el jueves 26 de julio a las 4.30 p.m. en el Salón General del MUSAC (10a. calle 9-31, zona 1). En este informe se examinan los avances y obstáculos de las políticas de justicia transicional en Guatemala durante el período 2014-2017, y se evalúa el nivel de cumplimiento de las obligaciones internacionales del Estado con relación a los derechos de las víctimas a la verdad, la justicia y la reparación. Esta publicación es una actualización de los tres informes de monitoreo anteriores de Impunity Watch, y se presentan recomendaciones para superar los obstáculos políticos, técnicos y culturales que limitan la construcción del Estado de Derecho, la equidad y la paz. En el evento se entregará un ejemplar del informe.

Guatemala will elect a new Attorney General

In the coming days, Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales must appoint a new Attorney General for the 2018 – 2022 period. The Guatemalan Constitution establishes that a Nomination Commission must select and propose a roster of six applicants to the position of Attorney General; this Commission is integrated by 15 members who represent the Supreme Court of Justice, the Attorneys’ College, and the law schools of the nation’s universities.

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Round table discussion with female candidates for the office of Attorney General in Guatemala

On 10 April 2018, in coordination with the Alliance of women and indigenous women for the Access to justice, Impunity Watch held a round table discussion with five of the female candidates to be selected as General Attorney and Chief of the General Attorney’s Office. These five candidates, Ilse Magalia Álvarez Ortíz de Espada, Patricia Elizabeth Gámez Barrera, Brenda Dery Muñoz Sánchez, Gladys Verónica Ponce Mejicanos, and Mayra Yojana Veliz López, shared general ideas how they would work on issues such as women’s human rights, indigenous people, transitional justice and internal gender policies if they were elected for the position in the General Attorney’s Office. 

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International organisations urge Guatemala to prioritise cases of armed conflict

The recent death of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt reveals the slowness of the Guatemalan judicial system. International organisations are deeply concerned about this slowness and negligence of the Guatemalan justice system to investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible for the serious crimes committed during the internal armed conflict (1960-1996). It is important to remember that the State has the obligation to guarantee victims of serious violations of human rights the access to prompt, impartial and effective justice, as established by international standards.

Read the full statement here in Spanish.

Urgent letter to UN Secretary General to ask his support for the Commissioner of the CICIG

For Guatemala, 2018 began with bad omens when the dismissal of two high officials committed to the fight against corruption was known. We urge the UN Secretary General with this letter not to respond to the plea of the President of Guatemala and his Minister of Foreign Affairs to change the current Commissioner of CICIG. This would not only mean a threat to the cases that the MP and CICIG are jointly involved in, but also to the people who defend human rights and the rule of law. It would also be a blow to the hope of the citizens who took to the streets in 2015 in defense of democracy.