US, Guatemala Trade Barbs Over Evidence In Labor Arbitration

By Caroline Simson (June 3, 2015, 4:48 PM EDT) -- The Guatemalan government on Tuesday lambasted evidence submitted by the U.S. in an arbitration proceeding over the Central American country's allegedly lax enforcement of labor rights under the Central American Free Trade Agreement, while the U.S. said it has clearly demonstrated Guatemala's violations under the trade pact.

Guatemala argued that the U.S.' proffered evidence in the dispute isn't enough to prove that any alleged failures to enforce its labor laws were caused by more than mere negligence. To prevail on its claims under the labor guidelines in the agreement, the U.S. would have to prove that Guatemala's alleged labor violations were...

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