HomeNewsBriefHonduras Anti-Corruption Body Has 'Lost Its Way'
BRIEF

Honduras Anti-Corruption Body Has 'Lost Its Way'

HONDURAS / 17 JUL 2013 BY MIRIAM WELLS EN

The effectiveness of an anti-corruption taskforce in Honduras has again come under question, the latest depressing example of efforts to clean up the country falling flat.

Unnamed sources told newspaper La Prensa that the National Anti-Corruption Council had remained silent on blatant cases of corruption involving President Porfirio Lobo's administration. These include incidents such as the irregular purchase of security cameras, Navy boats, and medicines for the public health service.

Various founding members have withdrawn their membership in recent years and La Prensa's report states that others are planning to do the same in the near future. There have also been complaints of administrative irregularities and sexual harassment. 

The Council was founded in 2001 with the aim of monitoring corruption in Honduras, and has traditionally been dominated by representatives from the Church and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). According to its website, it is made up of representatives from 12 civil society groups.

InSight Crime Analysis

Two of the institutions which helped establish the Council, the Catholic Church and a coalition of evangelical churches, withdrew their membership in 2010 and 2011 respectively, followed by a civil society organization, known as Foprideh, in 2012. This badly damaged the Council's credibility in the public eye. According to a 2012 Vanderbilt University public opinion poll cited by La Prensa, the Council ranks among the least-trusted organizations in Honduras, alongside the police and the Court of Auditors. Meanwhile, the Evangelical and Catholic Church are the country's most trusted institutions.

The Council's ability to serve as an independent watchdog of government corruption has previously come under question, as some of its member coalitions have included state institutions. The Council also came under criticism after its former leader, Pastor Oswaldo Canales, openly supported the 2009 coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

In Honduras, unfortunately, accusations that the body charged with uncovering corruption is ignoring cases at the highest level are unsurprising. Late last month the country's Attorney General and his assistant resigned following accusations of financial irregularities in their office, illustrative of just how entrenched corruption is within Honduran society. Efforts to reform the police force -- accused of much wrongdoing up to and including extrajudicial killings -- have also been criticized for failing to advance.

Transparency International's latest Corruption Perception Index, which looks at how corrupt a public sector is perceived to be, ranked Honduras at 133 out of 176 countries (with 176 the most corrupt). 

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 14 APR 2011

Honduran officials report that Mexican drug traffickers are expanding their activities in the country and forming links with local bosses…

CACHIROS / 6 SEP 2017

Following a case that shook up the Honduras elite, the son of the country's former president was sentenced on September…

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 16 MAY 2017

A new study estimates that up to 30 percent of all deforestation in three Central American countries is due to…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution Met With Uproar

6 MAY 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime launched its latest investigation, Venezuela’s Cocaine Revolution¸ accompanied by a virtual panel on its findings. The takeaways from this three-year effort, including the fact that Venezuela…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…