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Resignation of Mexico’s Attorney General: an important yet insufficient step to ensure an independent and effective institution

17 Oct 2017   |   News, Press Release
Congress and the President must take this moment to seriously discuss reforms to end the dysfunctional nature of the current federal Attorney General’s Office and to ensure that the first autonomous National Prosecutor is appointed through a transparent, public mechanism in compliance with international legal standards . Washington D.C., 17... More

Press release #VamosPorUnaFiscalíaQueSirva

29 Aug 2017   |   Press Release
Reflections by the collectives #VamosPorMás and #FiscalíaQueSirva, during the presentation of the Citizens’ Initiative to create an autonomous, capable and independent Prosecutor’s Office Ángel de la Independencia, August 29, 2017 Serious violations of human rights, rampant corruption, organized crime, and debilit... More

Finally! A Search Commission for Missing Persons in El Salvador

25 Sep 2017   |   News
An autonomous entity will be in charge of searching for 10,000 missing persons Civil society and government agree on model after months of cooperative work Scientific approach and respect for victims: crucial elements for the Commission's success International experiences in similar co... More

Progress in El Mozote Massacre: Hearings are resumed!

21 Sep 2017   |   News
After months of waiting, the El Mozote case resumes after an appeal for annulment filed in June by the former military accused was rejected. This decision allowed new witnesses and victims´ relatives to finally render their statements about the episode before the presiding Judge of El Mozote massacre case. Public hearings are being resumed to... More

Inter-American civil society condemns decision by President Morales regarding CICIG and calls for respect for the rule of law in Guatemala

28 Aug 2017   |   Press Release
August 28, 2017 - The civil society organizations which join this statement condemn in the strongest possible terms the decision by the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, to declare Ivan Velasquez “persona non grata” and order his immediate expulsion from the country. Velasquez is the Commissioner of CICIG, the International Commiss... More

DPLF reiterates support for CICIG’s Ivan Velasquez in light of news that President Morales seeks his ouster

23 Aug 2017   |   Press Release
DPLF expresses its dismay at news reports that President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala is seeking the removal of Ivan Velásquez from the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). Multiple news reports as well as public statements by Attorney General Thelma Aldana indicate that President Morales is planning to meet with UN... More

DPLF along with other human rights organizations denounce threats of a “military option” in Venezuela

17 Aug 2017   |   Press Release
August 15, 2017. – We, the undersigned organizations, members of the International Coalition of Human Rights Organizations in the Americas, reject the statements issued this past Friday, August 11, by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, in which he expressed that he would not rule out a military option in the face of the Ve... More

International organizations affirm support for MACCIH and its investigation into Agua Zarca

19 Jul 2017   |   Press Release
International Organizations Affirm Support for MACCIH and Its Investigation into Agua Zarca   London, San José, and Washington DC – July 19, 2017. In light of the recent announcement made by the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (Misión de Apoyo contra la Corrupción y la... More

Towards a National Search Mechanism for Disappeared Persons in El Salvador

29 Jun 2017   |   News
Last January, in response to longstanding demands of the victims, the President of El Salvador announced the creation of a National Search Commission for Disappeared Persons during the armed conflict between 1980 and 1992. In the following months, a dialogue started between civil society and the government representatives to review a legal proposal... More

Seeking Justice in El Salvador: Progress in the El Mozote Case

11 May 2017   |   News
On Thursday, May 11, General José Guillermo García, the highest ranking military official indicted for the El Mozote massacre, must testify before Judge Jorge Guzmán Urquilla in a trial court of San Francisco Gotera, Morazán, El Salvador.   The crimes under investigation to... More

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