The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today announced the creation of the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) in the presence of Honduran authorities including President Juan Orlando Hernández.
“We seek to make the justice system an effective tool in the fight against impunity, that manages to earn the respect of the people of Honduras and that becomes an essential part of the democratic system,” said the Secretary General.
The purpose of the MACCIH is to improve the quality of services provided by the justice system in Honduras, and thus it will work together with state institutions and civil society.
The Mission will be led by an internationally recognized jurist with high levels of competence in the investigation of cases of corruption and impunity, who will report directly to the OAS General Secretariat.
The five areas of action of the Mission are:
1. The establishment of a group of recognized international judges and prosecutors whose task is to supervise, advise and provide support to Honduran bodies charged with the investigation and criminal prosecution of crimes involving acts of corruption.
2. The preparation of an assessment of the state of the justice system in Honduras by the Center for Justice Studies of the Americas (CEJA).
3. Support in the implementation of the recommendations of the Follow-Up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) in Honduras.
4. Assistance in the implementation of the recommendations of the National System of Citizen Security (SNSC) made by the OAS.
5. The creation of a Justice Observatory made up of Honduran academic organizations and civil society groups to follow-up and evaluate progress in the reform of the Honduran justice system.
The announcement by the Secretary General comes in response to a request made by the Government of Honduras on September 14 for the support of the OAS in the strengthening and reform of the Honduran justice system.
A delegation of the OAS will travel shortly to Honduras to take the first steps in the implementation of the initiative.