On the 21st of March 2014, 22 members of the European Parliament, representing different political groups, have expressed their concerns to the President of Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fernando Carrera and its Parliament regarding the situation of the independence of the judiciary. As the letter states, the arbitrary shortening of the Attorney General’s term poses a potential threat to the rule of law and judicial independence in Guatemala. MEPs raise their concerns on the need to conduct a fair process to nominate the new members of the judiciary, among them the General Attorney, respecting the principles of independence, transparency, impartiality and participation, and ensuring that the new magistrates and Attorney General will conduct their duty to end impunity.
Letter to Guatemalan Government by 22 European Parliamentarians
Updated: Feb 21, 2019