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Transparency International concerned over threats to civic space in Honduras

Transparency International condemns the recent statements by authorities in Honduras directed at us and our chapter, the Association for a More Just Society (ASJ), following the publication of the 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) on 30 January. Instead of responding by redoubling efforts to address the root causes of corruption in the country, the government has resorted to defaming our national chapter and the CPI methodology.

CPI scores are based on data from 13 indicators produced by 12 independent and highly reputable organisations, including the World Bank, the World Economic Forum and the World Justice Project, among others. Transparency International and its network of chapters do not contribute in any way to the production of those assessments. Hence, the final CPI result reflects the views of independent experts and business-people, not those of Transparency International or our chapters.

The 2023 CPI revealed Honduras' stagnation in the fight against corruption. The country's score of 23 out of 100 has not changed in the last three years. The lack of progress reflects the systemic weakening of democratic practices and the lack of independence of the judiciary.

We reiterate our strong support for ASJ and its courageous work in fighting corruption, promoting transparency, and seeking justice in Honduras. It is unacceptable that civil society organisations face intimidation and reprisals for their legitimate defence of rights and transparency. We urge the Honduran government to protect civic space and create an enabling environment for civil society to hold power accountable. Citizen participation and freedom of expression are fundamental to strengthening democracy and the rule of law. Any attempt to undermine the civic space is a threat to democracy itself.

François Valérian, Chair of Transparency International, said:

"The Honduran government should stop defaming organisations like Transparency International and the Association for a More Just Society (ASJ) and allow critical voices to point out the government's shortcomings in the fight against corruption. Only this will lead to a more transparent and accountable society. Any action that could jeopardise the integrity and further diminish the already shrinking civic space in the region, must be halted immediately."

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