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OAS General Secretariat Statement on MACCIH-OAS

  May 30, 2018

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) reiterates its commitment to the work of the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) and calls for support of its efforts in favor of institutional strengthening in the country.

In addition, it reaffirms its firmest commitment to the mandate entrusted to it in the agreement for the creation of the Mission, signed on January 19, 2016, which states that one of its objectives is "to support, strengthen and actively collaborate with the institutions of the State in charge of the prevention, investigation and punishment of acts of corruption."

In particular, the General Secretariat highlights the active collaboration and the integrated work of the MACCIH with the Special Unit against the Impunity of Corruption in the Public Prosecutor's Office (UFECIC-MP), which has already produced important results such as the fiscal requirements presented last week against two national deputies in the "Pact of Impunity".

This model of collaboration, according to the agreement that created the MACCIH-OAS, establishes that the UFECIC-MP exclusively assumes the cases that were selected by the MACCIH-OAS, with prior knowledge and authorization from the Attorney General.

Since its foundation, the MACCIH-OAS has actively supported other key steps in the strengthening of Honduran justice, such as the creation of the Criminal Jurisdiction with National Competence in Corruption in the Judiciary, or the certification of the members of UFECIC- MP.

The General Secretariat appreciates the support received for the work of the MACCIH-OAS from member states and observers, as well as other international institutions, and calls for redoubled support for the model of "active collaboration" that is being implemented in Honduras.

Reference: E-032/18