Guatemala (Badly) Viewed from Germany

Although Central American countries have big problems that impair their image abroad, it is sometimes the small episodes that stand out as unacceptable when viewed from abroad by modern society.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

EDITORIAL

Many politicians would have the people they lead believe that the main function of the state is welfarism, when the road to prosperity and social justice begins with the proper functioning of the judiciary and will of the state to enforce the law. If the State complies properly with these primary functions, development is protected from the fickleness of any bad leaders, and formation of a culture of justice and respect for the rules, which is essential to human progress, is assured.

That is why, as noted in an article on elperiodico.com.gt, more impact is caused and more news spread in Europe about the dispute between the German School and the family of an expelled student, than the resignation of the Vice President Baldetti and her links with the network of customs corruption.

The article reports that the prestigious media outlet Spiegel Online publishes "... a large article that creates the impression that the Guatemalan legal system continues to operate the usual as when in Europe the country was considered a banana republic. It portrays a State in which the rich and powerful manage the legal system at will. "

After the expulsion from the German School of three students over a sexual incident ... "The parents of two boys accepted the expulsion. But one family opposed it and sought support from the highest political and legal levels in the country. "

While the director of the College insisted "... in its right of admission of students to the private institution that he heads, ... the family lawyers concentrated on the right to education."

After mediation methods failed, the Guatemalan justice system ruled in favor of the family ruling that "... The German School in Guatemala exceeded the limits on correction and that the student's human right to education was ignored and violated."

"... The Director Guido Goser returned to his home in Germany. In a correspondence via Internet he regreted that the publication by Spiegel Online created the impression that the legal system in Guatemala defends the interests of a small group of powerful people. 'I know that many people are dedicated to changing this. But I have to admit that I personally saw no other way to get out of this situation. '"

"... Spiegel Online cites German jurists who could not hide their astonishment. They say it would be "unthinkable" that something similar could happen in Germany, considering the disproportionality of the original problem and the current consequences. "

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