U.S. policy is never governed purely by moral calculations. But in the case of CICIG, it is hard to detect any concerns that remotely outweigh the U.S. interest in establishing the rule of law in Guatemala.
In short order the Guatemalan Congress passed a series of laws to protect criminals, including the president and his family. While some political leaders are having second thoughts, the U.S. is considering sanctions.
As President Morales and the political class join forces to undermine investigators and the judicial processes currently underway, the role of citizens will prove crucial in tilting the balance in favor of justice and the continued fight against impunity.
Despite legal setbacks in Peru and El Salvador and retrograde rhetoric from the newly-elected President of Guatemala and the Catholic cardinal of the Dominican Republic, overall LGBT civil, human and political rights continued to make gains across the region.