CICIG Agreement Suspended

After President Morales decided to end the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity, the Constitutional Court suspended the Guatemalan government's decision.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

On January 7th, the Guatemalan government finalized the agreement between the Central American country and the United Nations, and set a 24-hour deadline for the Commission to cease functioning.

See "Setback Step for UN in Central America

However, on January 9, the Constitutional Court (CC) suspended the presidential decision to cancel the agreement to create the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). reviews that "... The resolution is a provisional protection requested by citizens against the unilateral conclusion made by the Executive to the Agreement between the United Nations and the Government of Guatemala regarding the establishment of an International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala."

Also see "Guatemala: Goodbye, CICIG"

The article adds that "... The ruling states that the authorities reported are "the President of the Republic of Guatemala, Vice President of the Republic of Guatemala, Congress of the Republic of Guatemala, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Minister of the Interior; Minister of National Defense; National Security Council of Guatemala; Attorney General of the Nation; Attorney General and Head of the Public Ministry. The CC urges these institutions, within the scope of their competencies, to instruct officials and employees of these dependencies under their charge to facilitate the proper operation of CICIG."

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Twelve years after having settled in Guatemala and after multiple struggles for the non-renewal of its mandate, from today the International Commission against Impunity is no longer operating.

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