The United Nations Organization (UN) announced Friday that it will send a team of three experts to Honduras in order to provide technical assistance to the government with a view to establishing an International Commission against Corruption and Impunity (CICIH).
The experts will arrive in the Central American country next Monday, July 10, to “provide technical assistance in relation to the future establishment of an international, impartial, independent, and autonomous mechanism against corruption and impunity,” reads the UN statement.
On December 15 of last year, the government of Xiomara Castro and the UN signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)in New York, with a view to installing the CICIH.
The team, adds the text, will be in charge of evaluating the instruments, institutions and capacities for the fight and prosecution of these crimes and “will contribute to advisory and technical assistance activities” and will identify “the necessary constitutional, legal and administrative reforms within the legal system Honduran law” for the possible establishment of an international mechanism.
According to the UN, this mechanism will begin when the UN Secretariat and Tegucigalpa agree in writing that there are guarantees for it to work, a UN intergovernmental body has granted a mandate and the bilateral agreement – negotiated between the UN and the government of Honduras- enters into force. And its direction would be designated by the Secretary General “to guarantee its independence, impartiality and autonomy.”