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Iván Velásquez

Commissioner, International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala

Iván Velásquez is commissioner of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), a post he has held since September 2013. In November 2012, the Association of German Judges awarded him its Human Rights Award, and in 2011, the International Bar Association awarded Velásquez its own similar award. After joining the Colombian Supreme Court of Justice as an assistant judge in 2000, between 2006 and 2012 Velásquez coordinated the Commission of Investigation Support of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court, investigating the links between members of Congress and paramilitary groups. In 1996, he became an assistant judge of the State Council, a position he held until the following year, when Alfonso Gómez Méndez appointed him as the regional director of the Public Prosecutor's Office of Medellín (1997–1999). Velásquez was a litigator at and director of, the Antioquia Bar Association, COLEGAS, and between 1991 and 1994 he was the departmental public prosecutor of Antioquia. Originally from Medellín, Colombia, he studied law at the Universidad de Antioquia.