Attacks against women justice defenders threaten rule of law in Guatemala

The latest attacks on the independence of justice and rule of law in Guatemala are driving the country rapidly towards lawlessness. These attacks have serious impacts on the situation of human rights in the country and are undermining the role of civil society in the fight against corruption and impunity.


In Guatemala, it are predominantly courageous women who fight for independence in the justice system. But they pay a high price for their courage. Already four high profile women justice operators were forced to leave the country as a result of criminalisation. The International Community needs to make a strong stance against these developments and do more to protect justice and human rights defenders.

Impunity Watch's Executive Director Marlies Stappers along with Sanne Weber, a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, recently published an op-ed on Open Democracy discussing the topic. 

The op-ed is available in English and Spanish on Open Democracy's Website.