Weekly Report - 22 June 2023 (WR-23-25)

HONDURAS: Corruption allegations inflame tensions

The Honduran government came under pressure on 18 June when Gabriela Castellanos, the head of the civil society anti-corruption lobby group Consejo Nacional Anticorrupción (CNA), fled the country citing fears for her security and reports that she had received death threats. Castellanos had been in the firing line after the CNA published a report last month accusing President Xiomara Castro of nepotism, asserting that “strategic positions which require checks and balances are held by members of the same political structure and the same family”, alluding to 10 members of the family of Castro and her husband, former president Manuel Zelaya (2006-2009), who hold prominent positions in state institutions.

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