Weekly Report - 10 March 2022 (WR-22-10)

HONDURAS: More strides in fight against corruption

Less than two months into her term and President Xiomara Castro of the leftist Partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre) continues to move on her chief campaign pledge to eradicate official corruption. Following Castro’s request to the United Nations (UN) for support to establish a commission against corruption and impunity in Honduras (CICIH) [WR-22-08], last week congress repealed a 2014 law on the classification of public documents related to security and national defence. Civil-society groups and think tanks like Foro Social de la Deuda Externa de Honduras (Fosdeh) had complained that this legislation, Known as the ‘official secrets law’, had enabled the previous Partido Nacional (PN) administrations led by former president Juan Orlando Hernández (2014-2022), since arrested in line with a US extradition request [WR-22-07], to govern without transparency.

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