International Civil Society Organizations Support CICIG and call on Guatemalan Government to Reverse Decision

We, the undersigned organizations, condemn the decision of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales not to renew the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and his decision not to allow Commissioner Iván Velázquez into the country. CICIG has successfully aided Guatemala in addressing historic impunity, improving justice, and combatting deep-seated corruption. Rather than replacing Guatemalan institutions, CICIG has helped to strengthen Guatemala’s institutions of justice, by working with justice officials and paving the way for dynamic attorneys general. But CICIG’s work, unfortunately, is still far from completed.

We join with our many Guatemalan civil society partners who are calling on President Morales to immediately reconsider his decision not to renew CICIG’s mandate.We call on the Guatemalan government to ensure that human rights defenders, justice operators, and CICIG personnel, all of whom are working to strengthen the rule of law in Guatemala, can carry out their work safely and free of harassment. We stand by all those working for justice and against corruption in Guatemala.We call for the suspension of U.S. assistance to the central government of Guatemala until the decision on CICIG is reversed and the Guatemalan government demonstrates commitment to protecting human rights, addressing corruption, and strengthening the rule of law. We also call on the U.S. government to block visas and freeze assets of corrupt Guatemalan officials using the Global Magnitsky Act.

 

Alianza Americas
Asociación Pop No’j
Central American Resource Center
CIDEHUM
Congregation of Our Lady of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Advocacy Office
Florida Immigration Coalition
The Guatemalan Maya Center
International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Latin America Working Group (LAWG)
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
Washington Office National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Sindicato Unitario Nacional de Trabajadores de la Construcción Similares Suntracs
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Institute Justice Team
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
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