Guatemala: A Fragile Rule of Law

María Reyes has written a blog post on the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence (BTS) Network website highlighting the levels of corruption currently inherent at all levels of the Guatemala state.

October 13th marks two years without electing new magistrates for the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) and appellate chambers, in the face of the Constitutional Court’s (CC) May 6, 2020 decision. Congress’ Board of Directors and the pro-government deputies have systematically refused to comply with the CC ruling, which has generated great wear and tear, legal insecurity, delays in judicial processes and problems of legitimacy in the appointment of other justice sector officials. Unfortunately, the CSJ election process, which began in 2019, was marred by irregularities and a new attempt by corrupt and illicit groups to manipulate the results. This scheme has been uncovered by the “2020 parallel commissions” case, which had been investigated by the FECI.

In July, an alarm was raised again when the US included 20 Guatemalans in the Engel list. Among the Guatemalans included are deputies, businessmen, politicians, former presidents and several officials of the justice system, among them former judge, Mynor Mauricio Moto Morataya; former judge of the Supreme Court of Justice, Blanca Aída Stalling Dávila; Elder de Jesús Súchite Vargas, and magistrate of the Constitutional Court, Néster Mauricio Vásquez Pimentel, as if this were not enough, in September the Attorney General and the Private Secretary were added to the Engel list as well. This is evidence of deep American concern about large-scale corruption in Guatemala.

You can read the full piece, including links, here, Guatemala: A Fragile Rule of Law.

Pueden leer la versión en español aquí, Un Estado de Derecho Frágil

Categories: Accompaniment, Corruption, Guatemala, Human Rights, Impunity, Justice, Legal, Solidarity in Action, Solidarity in Action/Guatemala, Violence

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