LADB Article ID: 80213
By: George Rodríguez
In a Twitter message, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro wrote on Jan. 16 that he was about to visit Honduras, where the organization’s anti-corruption and anti-impunity team was producing what he described as evident results. Almagro, a former Uruguayan foreign affairs minister, wrote that the Misión de Apoyo contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad en Honduras (Support Mission against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras, MACCIH), which began operation on April 16, 2016, “shows concrete results vs. corruption.” The following day, as a witness to the signing of a law on surveillance, funding, and transparency for political campaigns (Ley de Fiscalización, Transparencia y Financiamiento de Partidos Políticos y Campañas), Almagro listed MACCIH’s accomplishments. Among the achievements, Almagro mentioned MACCIH’s involvement in the passage of the campaign funding law, which he said creates “a rigorous mechanism to select judges and magistrates” by designing a special group of attorneys to work on anti-corruption issues (Unidad Especial de Fiscales Anticorrupción). He also cited the mission’s work with the Ministerio Público (Public Prosecutor’s Office, MP) in the case of the 2013 plundering of Honduras’ social security program (Instituto Hondureño de Seguridad Social, IHSS), one of the country’s biggest corruption scandals.
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