Attacks on Justice 2000 – Guatemala

Latin America
Issue: Independence of Judges and Lawyers
Document Type: Publication
Date: 2001

Frequent allegations of threats, intimidation and attacks on judges and prosecutors, as well as an ineffective or insufficient system of protection within the judiciary for those targeted by such threats, are the main obstacles for the independence of the judiciary in Guatemala.

Although the justice system continued its process of reform with encouraging signals, insufficient funding, poor legal training, political unwillingness and the failure to address some collateral factors, such as legal education in the country, were pointed out by the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, who visited the country between 16 and 26 of August, as factors that hamper further progress on the matter.

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