Statement On Guatemala’s Constitutional Crisis

Guatemala will never become a stable democracy that attracts significant and sustained foreign investment without an independent judiciary that the people trust.  Judges should be free of conflict of interest, selected on the basis of their professional qualifications, integrity, and commitment to justice.  The country’s courts have faced repeated threats from corrupt influences, and today the Constitutional Court – the guardian of the Constitution, the foundation of Guatemala’s democracy – is under attack yet again by legislators and criminal organizations who seek to ignore its rulings and oust judges who have defended the rule of law.  Guatemala's President and Attorney General have a duty to oppose this corrupt scheme.  If allowed to succeed, it will be a grave setback for the country and a sign that lawlessness and impunity have prevailed.  It would also have repercussions for United States assistance to Guatemala’s government.

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