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With just four weeks to go before Guatemala’s general elections, the nation’s highest court issued a series of much-awaited, elections-related rulings that have shaken up the field. Two of the presidential front runners, genocide denier Zury Rios and anti-corruption crusader Thelma Aldana, were removed from the ballot. The candidate leading in the polls, former first lady Sandra Torres, was allowed to continue pending further court rulings.
The elimination of Aldana is particularly concerning for anti-corruption efforts and human rights advocates; she was the strongest candidate who promised to promote a new incarnation of the International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG). Whatever the presidential outcome, CICIG is slated to end it’s mandate in September 2019, three months before the winner of the presidential bid takes office in January 2020, so any new initiative would have to get through the problematic congress.
GHRC is hosting two webinars to learn more about these election and what affect they will have on human rights:
SPANISH language webinar: Monday, May 27 at 10am Guatemala time (12pm Eastern): Fernando Solis, Political Analyst from El Observador. Register here.
ENGLISH language webinar: Tuesday, May 28 at 5pm Guatemala time (7pm Eastern): Brisna Caxaj, Member of the Board of Directors of the National Union of Guatemalan Women (UNAMG). Register here.
The webinars will be recorded so even if you can’t be on the webinar at the scheduled time you should register so that you will be notified when the recording is available.
Read more about the Constitutional Court decisions here.