In response to Internal Security Law, international organizations form new coalition to draw global attention to rampant impunity in Mexico

19 Dec 2017   |   News
The Mexican legislature’s approval last week of the Internal Security Law marks a turning point for a country already reeling from unprecedented levels of violence and widespread human rights violations. In response, on December 18, 2017, a coalition of ten international organizations committed to human rights and the rule of law called on Pr... More

70 independent experts urge Salvadoran authorities to move forward in El Mozote case

11 Dec 2017   |   News
The El Mozote case has become known as the most violent episode in the modern history of Latin America. Approximately 1,000 people were executed by the Salvadoran armed forces in December 1981. More than half of the victims were children and adolescents. In September 2016, after the amnesty law was declared unconstitutional, and driven by the insis... More

Indigenous peoples of Latin America demand respect for their right to free, prior, and informed consultation and consent

14 Nov 2017   |   Press Release
Consultations are being carried out as an administrative step and are failing to guarantee Indigenous peoples’ rights International standards regarding indigenous peoples’ rights must be respected Mexico City, November 14, 2017 – Indigenous peoples and communities of Mexico and Latin America, in conjunction with civil soc... More

Anticorruption Experts Present Recommendations to Advance the Democratic Governance Agenda Ahead of the VIII Summit of the Americas

03 Nov 2017   |   Press Release
A historic wave of corruption scandals across the Americas is eroding trust in public institutions, unleashing new citizen demands to improve governance and rule of law. We have before us an unprecedented opportunity to raise awareness of the costs of corruption and take concrete steps to combat it.   In April 2018, at the VIII Summit... More

Resignation of Mexico’s Attorney General: an important yet insufficient step to ensure an independent and effective institution

17 Oct 2017   |   News, Press Release
Congress and the President must take this moment to seriously discuss reforms to end the dysfunctional nature of the current federal Attorney General’s Office and to ensure that the first autonomous National Prosecutor is appointed through a transparent, public mechanism in compliance with international legal standards . Washington D.C., 17... More

Press release #VamosPorUnaFiscalíaQueSirva

29 Aug 2017   |   Press Release
Reflections by the collectives #VamosPorMás and #FiscalíaQueSirva, during the presentation of the Citizens’ Initiative to create an autonomous, capable and independent Prosecutor’s Office Ángel de la Independencia, August 29, 2017 Serious violations of human rights, rampant corruption, organized crime, and debilit... More

Finally! A Search Commission for Missing Persons in El Salvador

25 Sep 2017   |   News
An autonomous entity will be in charge of searching for 10,000 missing persons Civil society and government agree on model after months of cooperative work Scientific approach and respect for victims: crucial elements for the Commission's success International experiences in similar co... More

Progress in El Mozote Massacre: Hearings are resumed!

21 Sep 2017   |   News
After months of waiting, the El Mozote case resumes after an appeal for annulment filed in June by the former military accused was rejected. This decision allowed new witnesses and victims´ relatives to finally render their statements about the episode before the presiding Judge of El Mozote massacre case. Public hearings are being resumed to... More

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