Region and country Archives: Americas

US withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council symptom of deeper crisis

The Trump administration’s broader rejection of multilateralism and rule of law, its actual practices, and paralysis of other States, are the real issues, says the ICJ.

June 20, 2018

Guatemala: the ICJ condemns proposal to introduce amnesty measures in cases of gross human rights violations

The ICJ strongly condemns the draft bill of the Congressional Commission on Legislation and Constitutional Affairs to propose reforms to the Law of National Reconciliation (Congressional Decree 145-96) and grant amnesty in cases of gross human rights violations.

June 8, 2018

Guatemala: judicial independence under attack

The ICJ is deeply concerned about the recent attacks against Judge Erika Aifán that put judicial independence in Guatemala at imminent risk. Judge Aifán has always been upright and honest in her rulings, which she bases on sound principles of the rule of law.

May 29, 2018

United States: Gina Haspel must not become CIA Director

The ICJ said today that Gina Haspel, nominated by Donald Trump to be Director of the CIA, should be subject to a full criminal investigation for her alleged involvement torture and other serious crimes, rather than elevated to serve as the country’s highest intelligence office.

May 9, 2018

Venezuela: the judgement of civilians by military courts

Today the ICJ launched its report The Trial of Civilians by Military Courts in Venezuela (available only in Spanish).

April 12, 2018