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Government of El Salvador and the Organization of American States (OAS) Install CICIES

  September 6, 2019

On September 6, 2019, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) and the Government of the Republic of El Salvador set up the International Commission against Impunity in El Salvador (CICIES), an entity that begins operations immediately and will expand investigation activities in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of El Salvador.

The purpose of CICIES is to support, strengthen and actively collaborate with the institutions of the Republic of El Salvador charged with preventing, investigating and punishing acts of corruption and other related crimes, including crimes related to public finances, illicit enrichment, money laundering, and national and transnational organized crime, in non-limiting terms.

CICIES is effective, autonomous, independent, neutral and transparent.

In these first weeks of work, CICIES will establish relations with the entities dependent on the Executive Branch such as the National Civil Police - where a Specialized Anti-Corruption Unit linked to CICIES will be created-, the Ministry of Finance, the General Directorate of Customs, the General Directorate of Migration, and the Superintendence of the Financial System, among others.

At the same time, the OAS mission will hold corresponding meetings with the Legislative Assembly, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Attorney General's Office, and the Court of Accounts and Civil Society organizations, among others, in order to establish cooperation agreements and strengthen the definitive agreement.

It is important to highlight that the values and principles that will guide CICIES are: transparency, accountability, obtaining the truth through legal means and justice as a fundamental value, the preeminence of respect for human rights, change of paradigm in public repudiation in the face of corruption, the promotion of education that generates a strong culture of anti-corruption, public access to the management of state resources, and training in anti-corruption policies, among others.

CICIES, in the exercise of its functions and in the current legal framework, may establish collaboration agreements with other institutions responsible for preventing, investigating and punishing acts of corruption and related crimes.

In this way, CICIES is installed, assuming a strong commitment in the fight against corruption and impunity.

Reference: E-063/19