Within the framework of the Justice for Peace Program, the 3rd National Judicial Forum “Human Dignity, Presumption of Innocence and Human Rights” was held in Guatemala, organized by the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) in Guatemala City at the headquarters of the National Civil Police of Guatemala (PNC).
The activity was attended by 1,226 students and representatives of the PNC academy. PNC’s deputy director, Emma Perez, in the opening remarks urged those present to emphasize the cross-cutting axis of human rights.
The presentations were given by academic authorities in the country, who spoke on issues that citizens should know to avoid events that violate human rights.
Luis Ruiz, president of the Guatemalan Association of Lawyers and Notaries, on the topic “Systemic process of the crimes of femicide and violence against women” spoke about the importance of knowing that there are specific rules on the care and respect for women.
Likewise, he said that femicide is the violent death of a woman, caused in the context of unequal power relations between men and women.
“Femicide is considered as the murders of women by their gender and is linked to the participation of the State by action or omission derived from the existing impunity,” Ruiz concluded.
On the other hand, Freddy Sanchez, academic director of the Association of Lawyers and Notaries of Guatemala, presented the subject “Guarantees, principles and characteristics of human rights,” emphasizing the Political Constitution of the Republic.
“The Political Constitution of the Republic of Guatemala establishes that the State is responsible for ensuring justice, peace, security and also for the well-being of people; these are transferred directly to public servants and officials, who must watch over human rights,” expressed Sanchez.
With the realization of these forums, the GEAP contributes to the improvement and well-being of the human family, as well as the defense of human rights through spaces of dialogue that allow the academic contribution to strengthen peace and justice.