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Statement from the OAS General Secretariat on the Situation in Guatemala

  August 28, 2023

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) has become aware of Resolution SRC-R -3207-2023 issued by the General Directorate of the Registry of Citizens of Guatemala, which suspends provisionally the registration of a legal entity of the Committee for the constitution of the political party Movimiento Semilla, as well as the party itself.

In this regard an abusive interpretation of the law seeks to suspend its rights after the election in which the political party of the president-elect received broad support, in violation of the most elementary constitutional principles that guarantee the rights of voters, and without any foundation or duly proven reason.

This violates not only all guarantees of due process, but also international standards that guarantee the protection of elected officials and voters, in terms of respect for human rights.

It is essential to remember that the American Convention on Human Rights, the American Declaration and the Inter-American Democratic Charter, among other instruments, enshrine the aforementioned rights and bind Guatemala.

The OAS General Secretariat once again calls for the cessation of actions that erode the rule of law and reiterates the importance of adhering to democratic principles and respect for the will of the citizenry.

Reference: E-048/23