Weekly Report - 17 February 2022 (WR-22-07)

GUATEMALA: Concerns mount as anti-corruption crusaders targeted

The US, UK, European Union (EU), and United Nations (UN) have all recently sounded the alarm about the persecution of independent judges, lawyers, and prosecutors in Guatemala, warning that this reflects an ongoing deterioration of the rule of law. These attacks targeting anti-corruption crusaders have once again subjected the government led by President Alejandro Giammattei to further criticism for its backsliding in anti-corruption efforts. This made headlines last year amid acts such as the dismissal by the attorney general, María Consuela Porras, of internationally lauded anti-corruption prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval, the former head of the attorney general’s special anti-corruption unit (Feci), which led the US to sanction Porras for obstructing corruption investigations [WR-21-39].

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