The UN called for transparency and impartiality in the election of the new judges of the Honduran Supreme Court

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These elections represent a challenge for Parliament, a power that, like the Judiciary, has not enjoyed the confidence of Hondurans in four decades of democracy in the Central American country

The UN called for transparency and impartiality in the election of the new justices of the Honduran Supreme Court

The UN called for transparency and impartiality in the election of the new justices of the Honduran Supreme Court. (REUTERS)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner (Oacnudh) called for transparency and impartiality in the election of the new fifteen magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) of Honduras and urged that choose “suitable, capable and upright” people.

“The Judiciary is under the State obligation to guarantee effective access to justice”, highlighted the Oacnudh representative in Honduras, Isabel Albaladejo, in a statement.

It added that “the independence and impartiality of those who exercise the highest magistracy of a country becomes a requirement for a State to be able to recognize itself as a State of law that effectively protects the rights of its entire population, particularly populations that have historically been discriminated against.”

The Honduran Parliament will elect the fifteen new magistrates this Wednesday, who will serve for the period 2023-2030, among a list of 45 candidates handed over to him on Monday by a Nominating Board.

“The Legislative branch has the opportunity to lay the foundations to advance a significant change in the history of the country through the incorporation during the election process of ethical minimums that allow an objective and transparent election”, affirmed Albaladejo.

The election of the magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice(CSJ) of Honduras represents a challenge for Parliament, a power that, like the Judiciary, has not enjoyed the confidence of Hondurans in four decades of democracy in the Central American country.

The UN requested transparency and impartiality in the election of the new magistrates of the Honduran Supreme Court

“The Judiciary is under the state obligation to guarantee effective access to justice,” stressed the Oacnudh representative in Honduras, Isabel Albaladejo, in a statement. (EFE)

The main opposition forces advocate a transparent election of the new magistrates and that there be no division, as there was with the current representatives of the Supreme Court, with eight from the National Party, and seven from the Liberal Party, the second largest opposition force.

Regardless of the agreements that emerge, what Hondurans demand is an independent Supreme Court.

The resident coordinator of the United Nations Organization United States in Tegucigalpa, Alice Shackelford, assured that “with the upcoming election of magistrates for the Supreme Court of Justice, we must maintain confidence in the process of the Nominating Board, which has carried out an objective and transparent process”.

The former head of the Mission to Support Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) Juan Jiménez, said in Tegucigalpa that “the big problem” in the Central American country “continues to be impunity” and advocated for an “independent” Supreme Court to combat this scourge.

“Honduras needs Justice operators to carry out serious investigations and sentence those who have defrauded citizen trust ”, stressed Jiménez, a Peruvian jurist.

Public election

If lawmakers from the current ruling party, Libertad y Refundación (LIBRE) grant the Honduran president Xiomara Castro will control the highest court, and will have the same control over the three public powers that her predecessor, Juan Orlando Hernández, had.

The UN requested transparency and impartiality in the election of the new magistrates of the Honduran Supreme Court

If the legislators of the current The ruling party, Libertad y Refundación (LIBRE) grants Honduran President Xiomara Castro control of the highest court, she will have the same control over the three public powers that her predecessor, Juan Orlando Hernández, had. (REUTERS)

It was this control that allowed Hernández to seek re-election for a second presidential term despite the fact that the Constitution prohibits it. The former president is in the United States awaiting trial on drug charges.

TheOffice of the United Nations High Commissioner >considers it “crucial” that the deputies commit to considering only the candidates proposed by the Nominating Board to elect the new magistrates and not violate the law to include people who have not approved the entire process.

It is also necessary, according to the OACNUDH, that the deputies renounce the secret vote and that the election be carried out in a “nominal, public, reasoned, express manner and with the consignment of names, fostering trust and credibility of the process.”

The UN requested transparency and impartiality in the election of the new justices of the Honduran Supreme Court

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner considers it “crucial” that the deputies commit to considering only the candidates proposed by the Nominating Board to elect the new magistrates and not violate the law to include people who have not approved the entire process . (REUTERS)

The OACNUDH welcomed the “efforts” of the Nominating Board to promote a process open to scrutiny by different social sectors and congratulated civil society and citizens in general for “their permanent oversight and participation” in the process.

“This experience has demonstrated the willingness of different national and international actors to contribute to the election of suitable, capable and upright people , an essential foundation for the strengthening of judicial independence in Honduras, addressing the historical debt and the need demanded by the citizens for a prompt and effective justice”, he highlighted.

To elect the new magistrates need at least 86 ​​votes, of the 128 deputies that make up Parliament, in which six parties are represented.

(With information from EFE and The Associated Press)

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