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Joint Letter to High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on the Human Rights Situation in Guatemala

On 14 September 2018, in a letter to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, 68 human rights organisations expressed grave concern about recent developments in the country, including, President Jimmy Morales’ decision of 31 August 2018 not to extend the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), the Guatemalan authorities subsequently barring the entry of the CICIG’s Commissioner, Iván Velásquez, on 4 September 2018, as well as judicial reforms adopted by Congress on 6 September 2018 that acts to further undermine the independence of the judiciary, and specifically threaten the position of the magistrates of the Constitutional Court and the Human Rights Ombudsman.

In addition to endorsing the High Commissioner’s mention of the situation in Guatemala and the issues facing the CICIG during her opening remarks of the 39th session of the Human Rights Council, the signatories of the letter ask for her continued support in the fight against corruption and impunity in Guatemala and call on Ms. Bachelet to, among others, urge the Guatemalan authorities to adopt all necessary measures to facilitate compliance with the mandate of the CICIG under the terms of the Agreement signed between Guatemala.

The letter is available here (in Spanish).



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