Anti-Corruption Fighters Face Mounting Attacks From Guatemala’s ‘Mafia State’

Police stand guard at the National Palace as protestors demonstrate against then-President Jimmy Morales and corruption in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Sept. 20, 2018 (AP photo by Moises Castillo).
Police stand guard at the National Palace as protestors demonstrate against then-President Jimmy Morales and corruption in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Sept. 20, 2018 (AP photo by Moises Castillo).

During more than a dozen years in operation, the United Nations-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, known by its Spanish acronym CICIG, helped expose a shocking degree of high-level corruption. One case even resulted in the resignation and arrest of then-President Otto Perez Molina and his vice president in 2015. However, the commission was forced to shut down in September 2019 when Molina’s successor, Jimmy Morales, refused to extend its mandate. In the months since the commission shut down, there has been a concerning rise in verbal attacks and death threats against Guatemala’s anti-corruption community, forcing some of them […]

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