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Thursday, December 1 • 17:30 - 19:30
Justice: Heterodox Mechanisms against Impunity in Latin America

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During the last years, Latin American countries have been witnessed of major cases of corruption and serious and massive violations of human rights. The infiltration of illicit interests - and even of organized crime - into the state structure of some countries, has not only increased in size and scope, but also adopted a higher level of sophistication and complexity, even reaching some of the highest public authorities, generating a strong citizen movement and the immediate requirement of responsibilities and accountability of those involved.

Many of these cases remain in impunity, and traditional criminal justice systems, despite their latest reforms and progress, are insufficient to enable them to deal effectively with the investigation and prosecution of these crimes. It is necessary to expand the reflection on how to promote - from international law - the implementation of complementary, ad hoc or heterodox mechanisms to fight against impunity in Latin America.

In that sense, experiences such as the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) created with the support of the United Nations (UN); The Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts of Ayotzinapa (GIEI) created by agreement between the Government of Mexico, the representatives of the victims and the IACHR; and the Support Mission against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH), created with the support of the Organization of American States (OAS), illuminate the regional public debate, showing the need to identify its common challenges and lessons learned, in order to assess their relevance and potential replication for other similar cases .

From this perspective, the development of such ad hoc mechanisms to combat impunity can create synergies and a common agenda among civil society networks that promote the fight against impunity, both in terms of corruption as of serious violations to human rights, on the strengthening of independent judicial systems with capacities to investigate and punish these crimes, with the support of this type of mechanisms created from International Law in the region.

The Justice Panel: Heterodox Mechanisms against Impunity in Latin America will be attended by representatives of the International Commission against Corruption of Guatemala (CICIG), the Support Mission against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH), and the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts of Ayotzinapa (GIEI), for the comparative analysis of the experiences, as well as the situation in Panama where a former president of the Republic and several state ministers are currently under process, but after more than 20 months, these cases have not made any significant progress and in some of them judicial decisions have been taken that cast doubts on the transparency and effectiveness of the justice system.

The panel would be coordinated by Citizen's Alliance for Justice of Panama, with the support of the Due Process Legal Foundation and Open Society Foundation.

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Ivan Velasquez

Commissioner, International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala

Thursday December 1, 2016 17:30 - 19:30 CST
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