Guatemala’s Justice System Is at a Breaking Point

By Gloria Porras

Campaigns against judges like herself imperil Guatemala's democracy, writes Gloria Porras.

Leer en español I have served as a justice for Guatemala’s highest tribunal – the Constitutional Court – for the last decade. My record will show votes to deny amnesty for crimes against humanity, as well as decisions establishing strong precedent in favor of indigenous rights. In March, I was elected to a third consecutive term on the court.  And yet, on April 13, Congress blocked me from swearing in. The move, based on a technicality, citing irregularities in my election by Guatemala's Supreme University Council and the fact that I’m not a university...

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