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United Kingdom supports MACCIH

The British Government continues to support the second phase of a programme that seeks to guarantee justice operators’ independence and respect for the law in Honduras.

UK supports MACCIH
UK supports MACCIH

The Programme of Creation of Mechanisms of Protection for Justice Operators is being implemented by the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH-OEA). The project is in accordance with the framework of the Law for Protection of Human Rights Defenders, Journalists, Social Communicators and Justice Operators, commonly known as the “Protection Law”.

With this second amount, the British Government will have contributed more than US$60,000 in the design of mechanisms aimed at protecting Magistrates, Judges, Public Defendants and Public Prosecutors. The programme also seeks to tackle corruption and impunity resulting from pressure applied to justice operators whose lives or those of their relatives have been threatened.

The launch event was attended by the British Ambassador to Honduras, Carolyn Davidson; the Spokesperson and Representative of the OAS Secretary General, Juan Jimenez; and the Coordinator of the Division of Public Security at MACCIH, Virginia Contreras.

The agreement that created MACCIH, underwritten by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Honduras, states that the Division of Public Security will develop institutional capacities in respect of the “Protection Law”.

To mark the event, the British Ambassador to Honduras, Carolyn Davidson, said:

Guaranteeing the protection, especially of justice officials, is a key component of MACCIH’s work in its fight against corruption in Honduras. We have the chance to build a mechanism that takes into account the voices of justice operators and the entities they belong to.

Published 20 June 2017