Strategic plan would target Impunity in Guatemala

A United Nations-backed commission today presented a strategic work plan at the world body’s headquarters in New York outlining efforts to combat impunity in Guatemala and support the country’s justice system.

The plan presented by the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (known by the Spanish-language acronym CICIG) focuses on four areas to improve the rule of law in the Latin American nation: reducing impunity rates, coordinating government efforts to fight criminality, eradicating and preventing the emergence of illegal security forces, and raising awareness of the impact that impunity has on a democratic society.

The United Nations and the Guatemalan Government set up CICIG in 2006 as an independent body to support the public prosecutors’ office, the national civilian police and other institutions to investigate a limited number of sensitive and difficult cases regarding illegal security groups and clandestine security organizations and also dismantle them.

Commissioner Francisco Javier Dall’Anese Ruiz, the former Costa Rican prosecutor general, presented the plan.

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