The Alianza Por Las Reformas (Alliance For Reforms) is a coalition of 40 civil society organisations, diverse and democratic, which was formed in in 2017 to promote and advocate for different reforms necessary for a more just country. It brings together various groups specialising in justice and human rights, urban collectives, international institutions, and centres of analysis and thought.
The G13 Donor Group is a coordinating body between countries, bilateral and multilateral agencies, made up of the nine countries that allocate the most cooperation resources to Guatemala: Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom and the following multilateral organisations: the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank (WB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United Nations System (UNS), the European Union (EU) Delegation and the Organisation of American States (OAS).
The Alianza Por Las Reformas recently wrote to the G13 (see above) in respect of the challenges in Guatemala regarding the corruption of the rule of law by certain players in government, and seeking the resignation of the Attorney General.
Any errors in translation are mine.
Guatemala, 23rd August 2021
Ambassador Paolo de Nicolo
President Pro Tempore of the G13 Guatemala
Distinguished Ambassador Paolo de Nicolo.
The civil society organisations that make up the Alianza Por Las Reformas respectfully address you and, through you, all the members of the G13, to express our deep outrage at the serious crisis that the Attorney General, María Consuelo Porras, is generating in the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Guatemalan justice system.
As you know, on 23rd July, the attorney general illegally and arbitrarily dismissed prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval, head of the Special Prosecutor against Impunity (Fiscal Especial contrala Impunidad – FECI), in order to prevent the carrying out of investigations against President Alejandro Giammattei and other officials of the current government. The latest revelations have shown that the attorney general, and her closest team, have obstructed investigations and leaked information on corruption cases in order to negotiate impunity. In addition, the attorney general continues to transfer FECI staff, and trained prosecutors, to other prosecutors’ offices in order to prevent the continuation of investigations into cases of corruption, of influence peddling, and other serious crimes in which high-level public officials are implicated.
It is very serious that the attorney general is using the Public Prosecutor’s Office to cover up for officials and powerful businessmen accused of corruption and other serious crimes. With her actions, she is destroying more than ten years of progress in the institution and corrupting the justice system. For this reason, citizens have taken to the streets in different regions of the country to demand the Attorney General’s resignation.
We believe that the decision of the United States Government to suspend cooperation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office, while Consuelo Porras is in charge of the institution, is correct, because institutions that cover up corruption with the Public Prosecutor’s Office cannot be supported until Attorney General Consuelo Porras resigns, or leaves office, because her actions are undermining the rule of law.
We believe this would be an important message from the international community to confirm that they will not tolerate corruption and the destruction of the rule of law in Guatemala. It is important to continue to support efforts to fight corruption and impunity in the country and to work only with honest officials committed to justice, transparency and democratic values.
Alianza Por Las Reformas
The names of the members of Alianza Por Las Reformas, are at the bottom of the letter, above, and you can find out more about each one here, Integrantes
You can read more, in Spanish, on the G13 Group, here El Grupo de Donantes G13