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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Judicial Independence in Central America

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 12:00pm
Virtual via Zoom


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on judicial independence in Central America. 

Judicial independence — the ability of investigators, prosecutors, courts and judges to perform their duties free of improper influence or control by other branches of government or other private or partisan actors — is widely understood to be a key pillar of rule of law and necessary to ensure fair and impartial justice for victims of crime, including human rights violations and corruption, in any society. U.S. policymakers have sought to support judicial independence and strengthen investigatory and prosecutorial capacity as part of efforts to fight entrenched impunity and corruption in many parts of the world, including in Central America. However, recent events in several Central American countries suggest a deep erosion of judicial and prosecutorial independence and have raised alarm about the consequences for human rights and anti-corruption efforts in the countries in question and region-wide.

Witnesses will analyze recent trends and offer policy recommendations for consideration by Congress.

This hearing will be open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public, and the media. The hearing will be livestreamed via the Commission website and will also be available for viewing on the House Digital Channel service. For any questions, please contact Kimberly Stanton (for Co-Chair McGovern) or Piero Tozzi (for Co-Chair Smith).

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC
Christopher H. Smith
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC

Opening Remarks


Panel 1


Submitted for the Record


117th Congress