¿Avance o retroceso? Próximos acontecimientos en torno a la selección del titular de la Procuraduría de los Derechos Humanos en Guatemala

Katharine Valencia

Oficial de Programa DPLF

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La Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Congreso de Guatemala comenzó hoy a analizar las aptitudes de los candidatos que aspiran a convertirse en el/la próximo/a Procurador/a de Derechos Humanos.

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The National Dialogue – will it lead to greater justice in Guatemala?

Katharine Valencia

DPLF Program Officer

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An ambitious Constitutional reform project convoked by the Government of Guatemala has been underway over the past few months. Known as the “National Dialogue for Justice Sector Reform” (Diálogo Nacional: Hacia la reforma de la Justicia en Guatemala), this project has been led by a Secretariat composed of the Attorney General’s Office, the Human Rights Ombudsman, and the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG, in accordance with its mandate to propose legal reforms). These entities joined forces to draft a proposed set of Constitutional reforms, focusing on a relatively narrow set of specific issues: judicial independence, legal aid, and indigenous justice systems, among others.

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MACCIH take shape in Honduras – how effective will it be?

By Katharine Valencia

Program Officer at DPLF

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Yesterday was an important milestone in the development of MACCIH, the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras. Juan Jiménez Mayor, spokesman of the Mission and representative of  Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro, presented the objectives and scope of the Mission in Tegucigalpa. This follows the January 19 signing of the agreement establishing MACCIH in Washington, DC.

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La MACCIH toma forma en Honduras

Por Katharine Valencia

Oficial de Programa en DPLF

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Presentación de la MACCIH en Honduras

El día de ayer en Tegucigalpa se produjo el primer hito importante en la actuación de la Misión de Apoyo contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad en Honduras (MACCIH). Juan Jiménez Mayor, Vocero de MACCIH y representante del Secretario General de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) en este organismo, presentó a la sociedad hondureña los objetivos, principios y líneas de acción de la misión, en concordancia con lo establecido en el convenio de su creación, firmado por el Estado hondureño y la OEA el 19 de enero pasado en Washington, DC.

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With a new Supreme Court on the horizon, what does the future hold for Honduras?

By Katharine Valencia

Program Officer at DPLF

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Next week, the Congress of Honduras is expected to select Justices for the highest court in the land – the Supreme Court. The process for getting to this stage, however, has been a long one. Under the Honduran Constitution and other relevant law, a new Supreme Court is elected every 7 years, via a temporary selection body called the Junta Nominadora (JN). The JN is made up of 14 representatives of the country’s workers, professors, civil society organizations, the private sector, the Bar Association, the national Human Rights Ombudsman’s office, and the Supreme Court itself. To briefly summarize a complex process: the JN representatives are selected during the summer and fall, via direct appointment and/or voting by their peers. Once formed, the JN begins to accept and evaluate dozens – this time, close to 200 – nominations from a specific subset of attorneys (notaries). After the first round of review, the JN cut this list in half. Its final task was to further narrow this list down to 45 finalists to send to Congress, which it completed on Tuesday. The legislature now has until January 25 to pick 15 of these finalists to form the new Supreme Court. (According to the relevant law, the JN had until January 23 to submit its final list, but as this would only have given Congress 2 days to evaluate the candidates, it was under pressure to try to do so ahead of schedule).

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Con una nueva Corte Suprema, ¿qué futuro le espera a Honduras?

Por: Katharine Valencia

Oficial de  Programa en DPLF

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Se espera que el Congreso de Honduras elija la próxima semana a los ministros de la más alta corte del país, la Corte Suprema. Sin embargo, ha sido un largo camino para llegar a este momento. De acuerdo con las leyes y la Constitución hondureña, se elige una nueva Corte Suprema cada 7 años por medio de un organismo temporal y especializado de selección denominado la Junta Nominadora (JN). La JN está compuesta por 14 representantes de organizaciones laborales, de profesores y de la sociedad civil, así como provenientes del sector privado, el Colegio de Abogados, la oficina del El Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos y de la misma Corte Suprema.

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