Human Rights Watch has posted a note regarding the nomination process for the election of the new Attorney General to succeed María Consuelo Porras. HRW has also highlighted the role of The Foundation against Terrorism (FCT) in trying to undermine the independence and fairness of the process.
The appointment of a new attorney general in Guatemala should be the result of a public, transparent, and independent process, Human Rights Watch said today. Concerned governments should closely monitor the process and sanction individuals, including from the private sector, engaged in ongoing efforts to undermine the rule of law in the country.
A nominating commission is expected to present a short list of six candidates by April 20, 2022. President Alejandro Giammattei will appoint the new attorney general to succeed Attorney General Consuelo Porras, whose term will expire in May. During her four years in office, she has undermined investigations into corruption and human rights abuses, and brought arbitrary criminal proceedings against journalists, judges, and prosecutors.
The Foundation against Terrorism (Fundación contra el Terrorismo), a right-wing nongovernmental organization that supports Attorney General Porras’ reelection, has filed several lawsuits that appear designed to undermine the independence and fairness of the nominating process.
You can read the full piece here, Guatemala: High Stakes for Attorney General’s Nomination.