Caribbean & Central America - July 2021

GUATEMALA: Steps back in anti-impunity efforts

On 8 June a group of international human rights organisations including the Washington Office on Latin America (Wola) and Amnesty International (AI) issued a joint statement expressing concern over an “increase in criminalisation in Guatemala as a strategy to frighten and intimidate those who play significant roles in the fight against impunity in cases of serious human rights violations and corruption”. The statement follows the arrest the previous month of Juan Francisco Solórzano Foppa, a high-profile former prosecutor and former head of the tax authorities (SAT), and other signs of a backsliding in efforts to tackle corruption under the current government led by President Alejandro Giammattei.

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