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Yearbook 2019

Honduras. According to CountryAAH, President Juan Orlando Hernández was involved in a scandal involving his brother Juan Antonio "Tony" Hernández. The brother was sentenced in a US court in October on four charges, one of which involved cocaine smuggling to the United States. The court jury also found that millions of dollars from drug trafficking were injected into President Hernández's party Nationalist Party to fund election campaigns as far back as 2009, claims the president called "absurd".

2019 Honduras

The verdict came in the middle of an already complicated context. Protests against the president's plans to privatize the health and education sectors had been ongoing since April, and several human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, pleaded for brutal repression in connection with it. In December, the mandate of the anti-corruption commission Maccih, supported by the Inter-American cooperative organization OAS, expired, and doubts were expressed about the president's willingness to extend it. The same month, Congress decided that a new criminal law would come into force with a six-month delay, only in May 2020. Several heavyweight organizations, such as the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IACHR) and the UN Human Rights Agency OHCHR, expressed concern about several parts of the new law, which included shorter prison sentences for drug smuggling and new felony convictions.

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