Without the proper judicial and prosecutorial reforms, the transitional justice provisions included in the U.S.’s transition framework for Venezuela will prove ineffective and worse, erode confidence in the possibilities of justice.
A group of nine Republican U.S. Senators have sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo asking him to cut U.S. funding to the IACHR. What they’re doing is undercutting their own party’s human rights agenda.
The letter comes as State considers withdrawing funding in the wake of a letter from nine Republican Senators who claim the U.S. should withdraw funding because the Commission lobbies “for abortion in Latin America in direct contravention of U.S. law.”
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.