Things never stand still in Central America. The week CICIG left Guatemala, CICIES is launched in El Salvador. In Honduras, the OAS-led MACCIH helped condemn the former first lady, Rosa Elena Bonilla, to 58 years in prison for keeping money that was meant for poor families.
CICIG, the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, was a UN-led anti-corruption body designed in 2006 to help the country’s better investigate impunity and corruption cases and enforce the law. Last year, President Morales did not renew its mandate and banned the head of CICIG, Iván Velásquez, from setting foot in Guatemala.
CICIG helped have 70 corruption structures revealed, 1,540 people accused, 700 people prosecuted, and 400 convictions. The organization helped unveil how the State “has been kidnapped
” by power groups seeking to perpetuate impunity. These corruption structures have fueled forced migration, writes the editor-in-chief of Nomada reports
, citing Mayan anthropologist Irmalicia Veláquez Nimatuj.
Three days after CICIG left Guatemala, El Salvador’s president Nayib Bukele and Luis Porto, a representative of the Organization of American States (OAS), launched a CICIES
, an International Commission against Impunity in El Salvador.
CICIES would work on the executive branch for now, because CICIES will be adopted by an executive order and not go through the legislative assembly. One of its first projects would be to put a specialized anti-corruption unit within the National Civil Police. Unfortunately, journalists from the media El Faro and Revista Factum were not allowed to enter the press conference.
We will see what the future will hold for anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. You’ll find news on it on Central American News ;) See you next week.