On Monday 20 February 2017, the ICJ Commissioner Belisário Dos Santos Júnior and the lawyer, Jaime Araíújo Rentería commenced an international mission in Guatemala.
The ICJ Commissioner Belisário Dos Santos Júnior (photo) is the former representative of the Brazilian lawyers’ association at the São Paulo Human Rights Commission, who has acted as the legal representative for political detainees. Jaime Araújo Rentería, former President of the Colombian Constitutional Court is a practicing lawyer and university professor.
The objective of the mission is to evaluate the situation of the legal profession in the country, identify obstacles and challenges, and offer perspectives about ways in which the State can provide better protection for lawyers so they can carry out their functions in an independent and safe manner.
The two mission members will be in Guatemala for a week and will interview the President and Executive Committee of the Bar Association, human rights lawyers, and high-level officials from the three branches of the State, members of the international community and representatives of human rights organizations.
On Friday 24 February, the two lawyers will hold a press conference to present the conclusions and recommendations of the mission to the press and general public.