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Carlos Castresana analyses the current situation in Guatemala at the first ICIP debate

The judge and United Nations commissioner took part in the dinner and talk organised by the International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP).

Carlos Castresana, a United Nations commissioner and president of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) participated in the dinner and talk organised last month by the ICIP, as part of the ICIP Debates. Castresana looked at the current situation in Guatemala and elsewhere in Latin America, with thirty guests, including José María Mena, the ex-Director of Public Prosecutions of Catalonia, leading figures in the peace movement and NGOs, from the academic and political world, experts in international law and journalists.

Carlos Castresana (born Madrid, 1957) has worked as a lawyer, magistrate, judge and a public prosecutor. He was assigned to the Catalonia and Madrid High Courts, and to the Special Anti-Drug and Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office and has been a Supreme Court Prosecutor. In September 2007, the United Nations General Secretary appointed him a commissioner of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), and Under-Secretary-General, a post he will hold until September 2011.

Castresana filed the original complaints made in 1996 on behalf of the Progressive Union of Prosecutors against the military juntas of Argentina and Chile, which began what came to be known as the "Pinochet Case" in the Spanish High Court.

Thomas Nash, the next guest

The next ICIP Debate, a breakfast with Thomas Nash, co-ordinator of the international coalition of NGOs against cluster bombs, will take place on 23 November. Nash will look briefly at the subject of "Breakthroughs in disarmament and human security: an assessment and perspectives" and the debate will then be opened to the floor.