Security & Strategic Review - February 2024

HONDURAS: Foot-dragging on CICIH draws concern

In its first address of the New Year, on 8 January Honduras’s private sector lobby Cohep called on the leftist Partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre) government led by President Xiomara Castro to make good on its pledge to establish a United Nations (UN) anti-corruption commission (CICIH) – a key campaign promise of Castro, who took office in January 2022. Cohep’s call adds to other concerns raised by international think tanks and NGOs such as US-based Washington Office on Latin America (Wola) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) as well as local NGO Red por la Equidad Democrática en Honduras (REDH). It comes as Libre continues to draw criticism over its controversial appointment late last year of Johel Zelaya as the new attorney general (AG), while the opposition Partido Nacional (PN) has decried selective justice following corruption charges unveiled against former PN leaders and others [SSR-23-12].

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