Impact | Negative
Civicus Rating | Repressed
On November 6, President Juan Orlando Hernández created by decree the Secretariat of Transparency, an entity within the Executive branch authorized to take complaints from citizens and investigate alleged acts of corruption in public administration. Civil society and the Institute of Access to Public Information warned the decree would violate Article 3 of the General Law of Public Administration, since the functions of the Secretariat would duplicate the powers currently held by the Public Ministry and the Court of Accounts. On the other hand, the decree also establishes the National Council of Transparency and Accountability (CNT, in Spanish), an entity to be made up of the government, civil society, the private sector, and academia. Various social organizations have accused the Executive Branch of trying to set up an institution parallel to the National Anti-Corruption Council (CNA, in Spanish), a civil anti-corruption body.