The Bishops Of Honduras Support Continuity Of OAS Mission Against Corruption

Tegucigalpa, Dec 19 (EFE) .- The bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Honduras on Thursday expressed their support for the continuity of the Mission to Support Corruption in the country (MACCIH), which depends on the OAS, for as long as 'timely' to strengthen the institutional framework.

"We support the continuity of the Maccih in Honduras for as long as it is considered necessary until our institutionality is sufficiently strengthened and independent," highlights a statement signed after the ordinary assembly that the bishops held and which was disseminated today in the Honduran capital.

The Maccih was installed in April 2016 and is the first initiative of the Organization of American States to fight corruption in a member state.

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The bishops point out that Jesus' call "not to shock us for his commitment to the poor and his demands for justice, truth, freedom and solidarity for all, sharpens precisely the scandal and shame caused by the actions of the powers of the State."

The powers of the State, especially the Legislative, 'against political ethics and the will of the people, who do not listen, are allowed to decree corruption, their own immunity and also attack those who want to eradicate it as the Maccih, the CNA (National Anti-Corruption Council) and some civil society groups, ”emphasize the bishops.

The Maccih was created with an agreement signed in January 2016 by the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, and the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, to act for a period of four years, so he will stop operating in January 2020 if the Honduran Executive does not agree to renew his mandate.

The Episcopal Conference of Honduras also reaffirmed its support for the Maccih, the Special Fiscal Unit Against Impunity of Corruption (UFECIC) and the Public Ministry and the institutions that fight against corruption.

The Honduran ruler has reiterated that next January he will decide on renewing the validity of the Maccih after he knows the results of the evaluation of that entity.

The Bureau of Evaluation of the work of the Mission, installed on November 13, invited the Government of Honduras and the OAS the week before to renew the Maccih agreement, which has also been requested by the United States and the European Union.

While a special commission of the Honduran Parliament has requested the Executive not to renew the Maccih, which has unleashed the controversy in the Central American country, where various sectors ensure that deputies dotted with corruption allegations seek to shield themselves. EFE

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