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CEJIL expresses its regret over the decision made by the Constitutional Court of Guatemala on the processes of judicial elections
CEJIL regrets the decision made by Guatemala's Constitutional Court validating the election of judges for the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, despite a clear breach of domestic legislation and international standards conducted by both by the nominating committees and the Congress on these processes. This decision will affect the ability Guatemala's citizen's to access justice and determine the sutability of those imparting it.
On Wednesday, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights notified the Center of Justice and International Law (CEJIL), who is representing judge Claudia Escobar, about the measures of protection granted to her and her family based on the immediate danger they face in Guatemala.
The Commission approved the measures based on two factors: the allegations made by the judge surrounding the irregularities in the electoral process and appointment of judges of the Supreme Court of Justice and the Appellate Court who correlate to high state authorities, as well as public statements made by state officials by communications media and other actors who are in opposition to Ms. Escobar.
From November 10 to November 11, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR), provided a workshop that deepened participants’ knowledge about the mechanisms of protection available to members of civil society for responding to possible human rights abuses.
International and Regional Organizations Call for Guatemala to Reject Sanction of Judge Yassmin Barrios, Lead Judge in Guatemala’s Historic Genocide Trial
10 November 2014 – International and regional organizations call for Guatemala to respect judicial independence and reject the illegal sanction of Judge Yassmin Barrios. Guatemala’s constitutional court is now considering a challenge concerning the authority of the country’s lawyers’ association to sanction Judge Barrios for her actions as a presiding judge during the 2013 trial of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt and his then head of intelligence Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez. More information