Resolution on Guatemala
Meeting of the SI Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay, 17-18 May 2018
The Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean meeting in Montevideo on 17-18 May:
Welcomes and recognises the advances made in the fight against corruption and impunity in this Central American country. Nevertheless, it warns against the worrying and progressive judicialisation of politics in Guatemala and the risk of the judiciary becoming politicised and involved in the conflicts and partisan political confrontations in that nation.
The phenomenon of the judicialisation of politics represents a threat for the consolidation of Guatemalan democracy because the judges and prosecutors become actors with the power to decide the direction in which politics are steered and then become the subject of suspicions of partiality.
The Committee calls on the operators of justice in that country to ensure independence and objectivity in their actions, on the political parties to deepen the reforms that consolidate the democratic system and on the Guatemalan society to maintain the fight against poverty, corruption and the consolidation of peace.