U.S. Concern for Integrity of Guatemalan Judicial System
The January 13 statement by Guatemala’s Attorney General announcing the filing of a formal request to lift the immunity of judge Erika Aifan is a blatant effort to obstruct investigations into corruption and an affront to the integrity of Guatemala’s highest courts. The State Department recognized Judge Aifan as a 2021 International Woman of Courage (IWOC) for her efforts to strengthen the rule of law in Guatemala. The independence of judges to review cases and issue rulings free from the threat of reprisal or outside influence is foundational to the rule of law. This action against an internationally recognized independent judge weakens a vital pillar of Guatemala’s democracy and judicial system.
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