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The victims of Guatemala’s internal armed conflict, Guatemalan society in general, and the international community all await with great expectation the reopening of the second trial for the genocide of the Maya Ixil People, scheduled for July 23, 2015. The process has been suspended for more than two years following a ruling from the Constitutional Court (CC) which alleged procedural errors in the first trial, in which the former head of State, José Efraín Ríos Montt, was sentenced to 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Inter-American Court) declared Peru responsible for the extrajudicial execution of a member of the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), as a result of the military operation Chavín de Huántar in 1997, and determined the  State did not conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.

The Inter-American Court published the verdict yesterday which established Peru’s international responsibility for the death of Eduardo Nicolás Cruz Sánchez alias “Tito”, which occurred once he had surrendered—making him a person protected under international law.

Today, Venezuela will appear before the UN Human Rights Committee, which will review its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The signatories to this public statement are all organizations that have submitted information to the Committee showing that, despite some progress in reforming the law, Venezuela has not fulfilled its obligation to protect civil and political rights and that grave human rights violations continue to be committed.

Human rights organizations welcome the announcement that United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon has approved the mandate renewal of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) until September 2017, in response to a formal request from Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina. In particular, the groups below applaud the Secretary General and the State of Guatemala for maintaining the mandate in its current form as provided for in the 2006 agreement between them, thereby granting CICIG full authority and independence to carry out its essential work. The Secretary General is also to be commended for facilitating the approval of the Guatemalan President’s request without delay, thus ensuring the continuity and security of CICIG’s operations at a critical moment.

Observation Mission on Human Rights in Paraguay

Between the November 11 and 14, CEJIL participated in an International Observation Mission on the Human Rights Situation in Paraguay. The Mission, formed by 43 representatives of diverse national and international social and human rights organizations, visited peasant and indigenous communities in four Paraguayan departments. The objective of the Mission was to reveal the human rights situation.

More information available here (in Spanish).