Human Rights Watch calls Guatemala’s inclusion on the IACHR’s blacklist of human rights violations correct


The organization said it was a “wise decision” and stressed that the situation in the Central American country “deserves greater international attention”.

Juan Pappier, researcher for the Americas at Human Rights Watch (HRW), applauded on Friday the inscription of Guatemala on the “black list” of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for having committed serious human rights violations. humans.

“In its new annual report, the IACHR includes Guatemala, as well as Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, as countries with serious human rights violations and attacks on democratic institutions,” he said. said on his Twitter account.

He also stressed that it was a “wise decision” and recalled that the situation in Guatemala “deserves greater international attention”.

In its annual report, the commission denounces state actions that undermine judicial independence and challenge the fight against impunity and corruption under the government of Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, who came to power in January 2020.

Subsequently, the international community criticized the decision to keep Consuelo Porras as Attorney General for another four years despite allegations against her for encouraging impunity and corruption in the country.

At least six anti-corruption prosecutors and judges have been arrested or forced to flee Guatemala after receiving threats and facing institutional persecution under the Giammattei administration, which insists on respect for the rule of law.

However, the IACHR recognized Guatemala’s initiative to establish a working path based on “frank dialogue” and in order to “follow up on its recommendations regarding the concerns observed, as well as its willingness to meet the requirements of the Charter Inter-American Human Rights Council”. Rights system. ( -cidh-por-violaciones-a-derechos-humanos/)

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