Honduras gets new anticorruption commission

first_imgTODAY 12:30 PM | #OAS Mission Vs. Corruption #Honduras #MACCIH 2 be presented Tegucigalpa https://t.co/k9FfHxbnkN pic.twitter.com/4orHAgusWX— OAS (@OAS_official) February 22, 2016 TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The Organization of American States on Monday established an ambitious new corruption-fighting commission in Honduras aimed at replicating the success of a similar, U.N.-backed body in Guatemala that brought down that country’s government.The Support Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras, known by its Spanish initials MACCIH, will target graft and organized crime through a corps of judges, prosecutors and police officers.Its task will be a big one. Honduras ranks 112th out of 168 countries on a global corruption index put out by Transparency International, a watchdog group. MACCIH is led by a Peruvian lawyer, Juan Jiménez Mayor, who attended the inauguration ceremony with dozens of civil servants, leaders of unions and associations, and diplomats. He noted that the OAS considers corruption to be “a risk factor for democracy” and said Honduras was now on a “new path” by seeking to combat it.Guatemala’s example was illustrative of the hopes borne by MACCIH. Last year, the president of that Central American nation was forced to stand down as a scandal over officials taking bribes to cut import duties for some companies engulfed his administration.Guatemala’s new president, Jimmy Morales, is a former TV comedian with almost no political experience. But he rode a wave of popular disgust with corruption to take office. Thousands of people participate in a demonstration demanding the resignation of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Tegucigalpa, on June 26, 2015. Protesters also demanded the creation of an International Commission against Impunity in Honduras. Orlando Sierra/AFPIn Honduras, mass demonstrations were held weekly to install a similar body, and MACCIH was agreed to under a convention signed a month ago in Washington by Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro.Its text sets out four areas of action: preventing and fighting corruption, reforming the criminal justice system, political and electoral reform, and public security.Although helping to create MACCIH, Hernández could end up ruing its existence.The president has admitted his electoral campaign that brought him to power two years ago took $94,000 of some $330 million embezzled from the country’s social security agency. However, he maintains that he did not know the origin of the money at the time. Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Guatemala-Honduras customs union first step in regional development plan Brother of Guatemala’s ex-VP Roxana Baldetti, 12 others arrested for fraud In Guatemala, anti-establishment presidential candidate benefits from corruption scandals In Guatemala, Pérez Molina claims US conspiracy behind corruption prosecutionlast_img read more

Related Air India moves Amritsar flights to Heathr

first_img RelatedAir India moves Amritsar flights to HeathrowAir India moves Amritsar flights to HeathrowRyanair launches new Dusseldorf routeRyanair will be launching a new flight to Dusseldorf from Birmingham for the winter season.Work begins on £45 million Birmingham extensionConstruction has started on a £45 million expansion plan at Birmingham International Airport. Bilga Air is to begin flying to the north of India from Birmingham Airport this winter.The route to Amritsar will be launched on October 9th and replaces the flights originally provided by Air India before they were pulled by the carrier.Cheap flights will depart twice weekly from Birmingham International Airport and will take up the reigns of service in a “very popular market”, according to Peter Vella, the airport’s business development director.He told the Birmingham Post: “Bilga Air’s operation will help to fill a very popular market which exists in the Midlands, and follows the disappointing news that Air India will temporarily suspend its flights between Birmingham and India from the end of October.”Birmingham International Airport celebrated reaching its one millionth passenger milestone in July.The UK hub also announced a record increase of 7.5 per cent in scheduled and charter flight passengers compared to last year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more