Statement On Guatemala’s Constitutional Court

“Democracy cannot survive without an independent judiciary.  In Guatemala, like many countries, courts are susceptible to political interference and to pressure from criminal organizations.  That is how a culture of lawlessness takes root.  Corruption, threats, violence, and impunity become a way of life.  It is the responsibility of the executive, the legislature, and civil society to protect the independence of the courts, including the process for selecting impartial, qualified magistrates.  Today in Guatemala there is a campaign to undermine the Constitutional Court, and to silence those who speak out against corruption.  If that campaign succeeds, it will be because those in power chose their own self-interest over the public interest.  That should concern every Guatemalan citizen who wants a more just, peaceful, and prosperous country.”