Guatemala’s top court rules in favour of return of UN anti-corruption commissioner


Guatemala’s Constitutional Court. Photo: Nómada GT, published under Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND)

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — The next day or two will be crucial for Guatemalan democracy. In a unanimous decision, the Constitutional Court of Guatemala ordered the government to allow Colombian jurist Ivan Velasquez to return to the country and resume his work as head of the United Nations-backed International Commission against Impunity (CICIG in Spanish).

Last month, President Jimmy Morales announced that he will no longer renew the mandate of the CICIG aside from barring the return of Velasquez, who is now based in the United States. The decision caused outrage nationally and internationally, prompting protests and condemnation from human rights defenders.

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