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Inter-American civil society condemns decision by President Morales regarding CICIG and calls for respect for the rule of law in Guatemala

28 Aug 2017   |   Press Release
August 28, 2017 - The civil society organizations which join this statement condemn in the strongest possible terms the decision by the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, to declare Ivan Velasquez “persona non grata” and order his immediate expulsion from the country. Velasquez is the Commissioner of CICIG, the International Commiss... More

DPLF reiterates support for CICIG’s Ivan Velasquez in light of news that President Morales seeks his ouster

23 Aug 2017   |   Press Release
DPLF expresses its dismay at news reports that President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala is seeking the removal of Ivan Velásquez from the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). Multiple news reports as well as public statements by Attorney General Thelma Aldana indicate that President Morales is planning to meet with UN... More

DPLF along with other human rights organizations denounce threats of a “military option” in Venezuela

17 Aug 2017   |   Press Release
August 15, 2017. – We, the undersigned organizations, members of the International Coalition of Human Rights Organizations in the Americas, reject the statements issued this past Friday, August 11, by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, in which he expressed that he would not rule out a military option in the face of the Ve... More

International organizations affirm support for MACCIH and its investigation into Agua Zarca

19 Jul 2017   |   Press Release
International Organizations Affirm Support for MACCIH and Its Investigation into Agua Zarca   London, San José, and Washington DC – July 19, 2017. In light of the recent announcement made by the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (Misión de Apoyo contra la Corrupción y la... More

Towards a National Search Mechanism for Disappeared Persons in El Salvador

29 Jun 2017   |   News
Last January, in response to longstanding demands of the victims, the President of El Salvador announced the creation of a National Search Commission for Disappeared Persons during the armed conflict between 1980 and 1992. In the following months, a dialogue started between civil society and the government representatives to review a legal proposal... More

Seeking Justice in El Salvador: Progress in the El Mozote Case

11 May 2017   |   News
On Thursday, May 11, General José Guillermo García, the highest ranking military official indicted for the El Mozote massacre, must testify before Judge Jorge Guzmán Urquilla in a trial court of San Francisco Gotera, Morazán, El Salvador.   The crimes under investigation to... More

DPLF and IDHUCA present amicus brief before the criminal court in charge of the El Mozote case

05 Jun 2017   |   Press Release
On June 5, 2017, the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) and the Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (IDHUCA) presented an amicus brief before the criminal court in charge of the El Mozote case after the reopening of the investigations in September 2016. At the moment 18... More

Final Report of the Independent Panel for the Election of Commissioners to the IACHR

06 Jun 2017   |   Press Release
In recent years, calls for reforms to selection procedures have grown louder for international bodies, particularly those charged with the monitoring, interpretation, and application of international human rights and international humanitarian law. These initiatives aim to ensure that members selected for these bodies meet the qualifications requir... More

61 Venezuelan Civil Society Organizations urge their peers in the region to defend the validity of democracy and human rights in Venezuela

13 Jun 2017   |   News
The Venezuelan civil society organizations that endorse this document urge our peers in Latin America and the Caribbean to raise their voices in defense of democracy and human rights in our country. The rupture of the constitutional order, through rulings handed down at the end of March by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal of Justi... More

The murder of activist Miriam Rodríguez in Mexico highlights the dangers faced by mothers and families searching for their disappeared relatives

16 May 2017   |   Press Release
The Mexican government must guarantee protections for those who search for disappeared relatives and address the crisis of disappearances in the country On the night of May 10, which was Mother's Day in Mexico, Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez, a human rights defender and the mother of a disappeared daughter, was shot to death... More

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