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Honduras: OAS and MACCIH Actions Guided by Anti-Corruption Convention

  October 1, 2015

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) today underlined that the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) is guided by obligations stemming from the Inter-American Convention against Corruption.

Given various reactions from Honduran society, the hemispheric Organization explained in this way that the initiative, while responding to a formal request from a member state, is open to all sectors in the country.

The Convention – the first international treaty of its kind in the world – recognizes that corruption undermines the legitimacy of public institutions and threatens the potential development of society.

“I join the call of the people of Honduras for results in the direct and unceasing fight against impunity and corruption,” said OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro.

The Convention offers the mechanisms necessary to prevent, detect, punish and eradicate corruption in the exercise of public functions.

The treaty also recognizes that efforts in the fight against corruption should be made through the commitment and coordination of all actors.

Through the supervision and advice of international independent and experienced judges and prosecutors, the coordinated efforts of the OAS will strengthen the democratic institutions of the State of Honduras, through far-reaching reforms and mechanisms of accountability generated by civil society.

Reference: E-307/15