The Secretariat of State in the Security offices, regarding the condemnable crime against the leader of the Unified Peasant Movement of Bajo Aguan (MUCA), Mr. Jose Angel Flores and his assistant Silmer Dionisio George, informs to the national and international community the following:
1. According to the preliminary information obtained by the investigative agencies of the State, and the inquiries done about a potential internal conflict inside the organization of which Jose Angel Flores was part, are being carefully assessed as well a formal complaint against him, concerning a criminal act, he was subjected to, recently.
2. A specialized team of members of the Technical Criminal Investigation Agency (ATIC) has been transported from Tegucigalpa, with the support of the National Police, in order to solve as soon as possible the death of these two citizens, and identify those responsible, so that an arrest can be made with the subsequent referral to the competent justice tribunals.
3. Condemn forcefully the circumstances under which the leader of MUCA Jose Angel Flores and his assistant Silmer Dionisio George were killed, on tuesday last in the evening hours.
4. The Protection and Defense of Human Rights is recognized in the current Honduran legislation and therefore the State guarantees through the Secretariat of Security that this will not stay unpunished.
Tegucigalpa M.D.C. October 19, 2016
CICI is not enough
The president encourages the creation of an ‘Integral Honduran System of Fight against Impunity and Corruption.’
- The Honduran leader encourages social dialogue without conditions.
- “Those who are used to dirty business with the state have today turned against us and are searching for ways to destabilise the democratic institutions”, declared the President.
- The head of state invited different sectors of Honduran society to participate by sharing their ideas and initiatives, necessary for the construction of a consensus that allows the accomplishment of the sweeping changes that our society demands.
Tegucigalpa, 23rd of July – The president of the Republic of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, proposed today a social dialogue without any conditions to his fellow countrymen and the creation of the “Integral Honduran System of Fight against Impunity and Corruption”.
“The proposal of the Integral Honduran System of Fight against Impunity and Corruption advocates the strengthening and the participation of Honduran society and the state powers to tackle the challenges we face as a nation in a democratic and constructive manner”, the president said on national television.
He added that “the different demands and requests of our society needs a widespread and integral solution that can produce strong results”.
“Our proposal is deeper, wider and more inclusive than others that have been presented, because we don’t focus solely on government problems, but also on the judicial system, providing safety for judges and prosecutors, creating an observatory and an evaluation matrix for the justice system and establishing an integrity system for the entrepreneurial sector”, underlined the president.
President Hernández believes that it is time to “start making serious decisions”, including “what kind of Honduras we want our children to inherit” and “the moment to face with responsibility and bravery the changes that no one has dared to make and can wait no more to see”.
“We are going forward. This is an invitation to social dialogue without any conditions”, emphasized the president of the Honduran people.
Hernández indicated that soon he will be initiating dialogue in the company of the presidents of other states and the solicitor general of the Republic. “I call on Honduran society to join our fight for dignity and transparency, for the application of equity in our judicial system and because the changes that we are promoting are profound and will transform our nation in an irreversible way”, he underlined.
The President indicated that the proposal that has been presented today “for dialogue and debate”, in which different sectors of Honduran society have been invited to participate, is for people to “give their ideas and initiatives, necessary for the construction of a consensus that allows the accomplishment of the sweeping changes that our society demands.”
Hernández recalled that in the fight which his government has led against corruption, he has already ordered investigations into Customs Reinforcement, the Institute of Property, the Public Transport Ministry and other institutions which for decades where “hot spots” for corruption and abuse against the Honduran people.
But there are sectors “who used to do dirty business with the state” and who do not want to recognize this new reality, explains the president.
These sectors “used to evade taxes, participated in human trafficking networks, falsified property records, used extortion at their will and lived on drug-trafficking money” and that today “have reacted against us and are attempting to destabilise the democratic institutions”, claimed Hernández.
“I assure you that we are not going to step back, we are going to make these sweeping changes”, concluded the head of state.
The following are the five main ideas of the “Integral Honduran System of Fight against Impunity and Corruption”, proposed by president Juan Orlando Hernandez on national TV and radio:
FIRST: A SUPPORT AND SUPERVISION UNIT FOR THE “MINISTERIO PÚBLICO” AGAINST CORRUPTION AND IMPUNITY, which will be integrated by highly qualified Honduran and international prosecutors with experience in technical and scientific assessment.
SECOND: A SUPPORT AND SUPERVISION UNIT FOR THE “CONSEJO DE LA JUDICATURA” AND THE “INSPECTORÍA DE TRIBUNALES CONTRA LA CORRUPCIÓN Y LA IMPUNIDAD”, which will be integrated by highly qualified Honduran and international prosecutors with experience in technical and scientific assessment.
THIRD: A SPECIAL UNIT FOR THE SAFETY OF JUDGES, PROSECUTORS, THEIR FAMILIES AND PREMISES under the responsibility of the “Consejo Nacional de Defensa y Seguridad”
FOURTH: AN OBSERVATORY OF THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM, integrated by academic and civil society organizations and guided by a matrix of the permanent evaluation of the justice system.
FIFTH: AN ENTREPRENEURIAL INTEGRITY SYSTEM, ruled by the principles of transparency and integrity, internationally accepted, with an appropriate legal framework for its implementation.
Published: 06 July 2015
Honduras moves forward with its National Dialogue plan to fight corruption and impunity
Honduras is ready to start the Great National Dialogue in its fight against impunity and corruption. It will count on the participation of the Organization of American States (OAS), the United Nations (UN) and representatives of the Catholic and Evangelic churches.
After a socialization process held by president Juan Orlando Hernández with different sectors of society, the Great National Dialogue is continuing the way with international and national facilitators.
Two weeks ago, president Juan Orlando Hernández initiated an open dialogue, with no exclusions or conditions, so that he could introduce his proposal: “Integral Honduran System of Fight against Impunity and Corruption”.
In his struggle against corruption and impunity, the Honduran head of state is proposing five points: the strengthening of Criminal Investigation and penal prosecution, the modernization of justice, the safety of judges, prosecutors, their families and workplaces, to open a justice observatory and to establish a system of integrity for the private sector. To nationalize his proposal and to strengthen it within different sectors of society, president Hernández has met with professional associations, syndicates, peasant groups, private firms, the financial sector, the National Federation of Farmers, media groups and representatives of the academy. He also met with the Association of Councils of Honduras, the tourism sector, Youth against Violence, the Water Board, lessees of markets, palm and sugar workers, diplomatic corps and people of different ethnicities.
In his meetings with all of these sectors the president presented his ideas to directly target the problems of corruption and impunity. He heard the proposals, put forward by the different organized groups on topics of national interest which they believed should also be included in the discussions organized in the framework of the Dialogue. The Honduran government also sent a letter to the UN and to the OAS asking for the assistance of these institutions in the National Dialogue.
In other news, the government of the Republic also designated new Labour Minister, Carlos Madero, as the coordinator of the National Dialogue and escort to the national and international facilitators that will arrive in the country.
THE JOURNEY OF DIALOGUE
In principle, there has been a consensus regarding the necessity of dividing the long-term measures regarding the direct fight against corruption and impunity and topics of national interest that have been submitted by the groups. For this purpose, the five main points of the Integral Honduran System of Fight against Impunity and Corruption will be handled by a specialized committee in which all sectors can participate, without any conditions. At the same time, there will be as many committees as is necessary to tackle the specific topics proposed by the sectors. The president pointed out that, apart from the delegates designated by these associations, different Ministers will participate in the discussions.
To aid the discussions, the Catholic Church has designated the auxiliary bishop of the San Pedro Sula dioceses, monsignor Rómulo Emiliani, father Antonio Salinas and the engineer Luis Gómez as facilitators.
The Evangelic Church has designated the ministers Jorge Machado, Benito Benavides and Miguel Muñoz as facilitators.
"No matter which President of the Republic convenes a dialogue, or for anyone else to do so in a democratic dialogue is the only way to move forward with any kind of disagreement or divergence”. Bishop Juan José Pineda.
“Along with the United States, we will participate. We will be the facilitators of the dialogue that will take place in Honduras. We hope that the majority of civil society participates, as well as the political parties.” - Luis Almagro, General Secretary of the United States of America Organization.
“To solve any type of conflict, or any kind of misunderstanding, dialogue is essential and cannot be replaced. God has plans for this nation. Efforts have been made, and I think the country can continue on this important takeoff route. Even if this country sinks, we won't all sink.” - Priest Alberto Solorzano.
“I'm happy with the answer from the organized sectors of the country, for attending the socialization of the Grand National Dialogue. We all have opportunities to make proposals, like the one made by the Executive Power.” President Juan Orlando Hernández.
Published on 7th July 2015