Guatemala unilaterally terminate the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) agreement

• The International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG) was set up by the UN in conjunction with the Guatemalan Government, 11 years ago, and has sucessfully highlighted corruption cases involving hundreds of politicians, bureaucrats and business people.

• Its mandate is due to run through to 3 September this year.

Important highlights observed by the UN Secretary-General

• “As Secretary-General António Guterres has pointed out, the CICIG must complete its mandate with respect to the international agreement reached between the State of Guatemala and the United Nations,” in line with “the decision made by the Constitutional Court,” to promote the “respect for the rule of law in Guatemala,” stated Commission spokesperson, Matías Ponce.

• The UN chief “strongly rejected” the move.

• The Commission has launched probes into the President’s financial affairs as well as other family members.

• The Secretary-General, recalling the “important contribution of the Commission to the fight against impunity in Guatemala”, strongly rejected the contents of the letter and stated that the Government is expected to “entirely fulfil its legal obligations” under the agreement.

• According to news reports, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court backed the continuation of the Commission’s work through this year, during all-night deliberations, after considering appeals against the Government’s cancellation of its agreement with the UN.

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Mains Paper 2: International Relations

Prelims level: CICIG agreement

Mains level: Bilateral group meets

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