The El Mozote massacre trial: the decades-long search for justice in El Salvador continues

16 Oct 2018   |   Press Release
[October 16, 2018] This month marks two years since a judge in El Salvador re-opened the criminal investigation into the El Mozote massacre, one of the worst atrocities in modern Latin American history. Over the course of several days in December 1981, the US-trained Atlacatl battalion of the Salvadoran army murdered, tortured, and committed other... More

CONABÚSQUEDA begins its work responding to society and families searching for their loved ones

14 Sep 2018   |   Press Release
On September 14, 2018, the National Commission for the Search of Persons Disappeared during the armed conflict in El Salvador (CONABÚSQUEDA) held a solemn ceremony for the inauguration of its official headquarters and the start of its work. CONABÚSQUEDA was created through Executive Decree No. 33 on August 21, 2017. Its mission is to... More

Infographic summarizes and systematizes Advisory Opinion on the environment and human rights of the Inter-American Court

12 Sep 2018   |   Press Release
Today, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF), UNAM’s Observatory of the Inter-American System of Human Rights, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), and the Institute for Constitutional Studies of the State of Querétaro presented an infographic that summarizes Advis... More

Organizations reject attacks against CICIG and demand respect for the rule of law and judicial independence in Guatemala

06 Sep 2018   |   Press Release
The Americas, September 6, 2018.- On September 4, it was made public that the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, had decided to prohibit Commissioner Iván Velásquez Gómez from entering the country. This was in accordance with a recommendation of the National Security Council, which indicated that the head of the International Commission agai... More

Constitutional reform barring the “automatic transfer” of Mexico’s Attorney General to the new National Prosecutor’s Office: Important but insufficient to create a better institution

04 Sep 2018   |   Press Release
Barring the “automatic transfer” of Mexico’s current attorney general to the new National Prosecutor’s Office is a positive step forward, but additional constitutional and legal reforms are needed to guarantee the new institution’s ability to effectively prosecute crimes, reduce corruption and impunity, and ensure that... More

Honduras: International organizations send letter to Óscar Chinchilla on the investigation of the assassination of Berta Cáceres

23 Aug 2018   |   Press Release
Today, 12 international and national expert organizations in the defense of the rule of law, due process, and human rights sent a letter to Óscar Chinchilla, Attorney General of Honduras, denouncing numerous irregularities in the investigation of the assassination of Berta Cáceres on March 2, 2016. “This situation generates ine... More

International organizations condemn repression against protests in Nicaragua

20 Jul 2018   |   Press Release
On July 18, eleven international organizations condemned the repression against protests in Nicaragua, and urged the Nicaraguan government to respect human rights. In addition, they urged the government to stop the violent acts committed; guarantee freedom of expression and assembly; cease arbitrary detentions and guarantee access to legal defense... More

DPLF and other NGOs send letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to address human rights concerns in Mexico

12 Jul 2018   |   Press Release
DPLF and other NGOs sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to address human rights concerns during his upcoming visit to Mexico. Pompeo is scheduled to meet tomorrow, Friday July 13, with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. This visit comes at a crucial moment, as the tran... More

Corruption and Human Rights in the Northern Triangle

27 Jun 2018   |   News
RSVP Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Inter-American Dialogue 1155 15th Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005 The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the Inter-American Dialogue and the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) invite you to the following panel discussion: In 2015, Guatemala’s H... More