UN strongly rejects Guatemala’s decision of expelling anti-corruption body; Know why
Source :NewsBharati Date :09-Jan-2019
New York, Jan 9: On Monday, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel visited UN New York headquarters and presented letter informing UN of the government’s decision to dismiss the agreement established by CICIG (International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala).
According to the official statement of UN spokesperson, the secretary-general strongly rejected the letter, adding that the United Nations has been “constructively engaged with the government of Guatemala at various levels, over the last sixteen months with accordance of article 12 of the agreement.
In a statement, the UN Spokesman said that the Secretary-General “strongly rejects” the contents of the letter, adding that the United Nations has been “constructively engaged with the Government of Guatemala, at various levels, over the last sixteen months, in accordance with Article 12 of the agreement creating CICIG.”
The Republic of Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, Belize and the Caribbean to the northeast, Honduras to the east, El Salvador to the southeast and the Pacific Ocean to the south.
Since a United Nations-negotiated peace accord, Guatemala has witnessed both economic growth and successful democratic elections, though it continues to struggle with high rates of poverty, crime, drug trade, and instability. As of 2014, Guatemala ranks 31st of 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries in terms of the Human Development Index.
The mandate of the commission is concluding on 3rd September 2019. The UN expects that, the government of Guatemala to ‘entirely fulfill its legal obligations’ under the agreement.
The statement stated that the Government of Guatemala accepts its international undertakings to ensure the protection of the CICIG personnel, both international and national.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reminded the important contribution in the fight against impunity made by CICIG, which was established in 2006 on the invitation of the government, which was observed as an important initiative to the strengthening of the rule of law.
It was believed that criminal groups' infiltration in state institutions fostered impunity in Guatemala, which ultimately ended in civil war. This civil war in Guatemala was ended in the 1990s.