Honduras: New Ministry of Transparency as an obstacle to the fight against corruption

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Mario Sorto*

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In 2020, corruption once again ranked as one of the country’s leading problems. Although corruption perception is on the rise, government efforts have focused not on resolving the problem, but rather on confronting corruption scandals with communication strategies and the creation of institutions that lack legitimacy.

The fight against corruption continues to be one of the main challenges facing Honduran society. But it also continues to be one of the main issues around which the efforts, actions, and resources of broad sectors of society can coalesce to find a solution to the multidimensional crisis the country is facing. However, the role of the authorities within the country’s institutional framework complicates this fight, as [many] of the [public] institutions are controlled by corruption networks that include actors from the public and private sectors and organized crime, as evidenced by the corruption cases unearthed by the MACCIH-UFECIC.[i]

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¿Qué puede hacer el derecho de acceso a la información para fortalecer la independencia judicial? Nuevas miradas para un viejo problema

Ursula  Indacochea

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Es probable que nadie discuta la importancia de seleccionar a personas independientes para ocupar los altos cargos de las instituciones de justicia. Es probable que nadie discuta, tampoco, la importancia de que estas designaciones sean acompañadas y vigiladas por la ciudadanía, pues como bien ha señalado la CIDH, eso permite evitar influencias indebidas de otros poderes, y facilitar la identificación del mérito y capacidades profesionales de los candidatos. Pero para que eso suceda, los ciudadanos necesitan información.

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