Declaration on Judicial Independence

Meeting of the SI Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, La Romana, Dominican Republic, 3-4 June 2022

Original: Spanish

The SI Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, at its meeting in La Romana, took note of recent developments in the judicial and administrative processes to which political leaders from different countries in the region have been subjected. The situations of Bolivia and Guatemala, among others, were addressed.

The Committee reiterates its call for the countries of the region to have independent judicial powers that carry out their important functions with full adherence to the guarantees of due process and the fundamental rights of all people.

The Committee condemns any attempt or misuse of judicial powers, with the aim of hindering candidacies, restricting rights or generally threatening the course of political activities in our countries. Likewise, the Committee expresses its solidarity with those who have been sentenced for this type of cause and calls for the review of unjustly imposed sanctions and the cessation of all persecution.