The United States government recently released a list of individuals involved in corruption, including ex-presidents, judges, and lawmakers, who have undermined democratic processes and institutions. The report, mandated by the United States–Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act, aims to address corruption and its impact on stability and irregular migration in Central America. The list has sparked reactions from politicians in the region, with some rejecting the accusations.
To combat corruption and uphold democratic values, the U.S. government has compiled a list of individuals known for engaging in acts that undermine democratic processes and institutions or obstruct investigations into such corrupt practices. The recently published report names several political and judicial leaders, including former presidents, judges, and lawmakers from Central America.
According to Matthew Miller, a spokesperson for the State Department, the report identifies 10 Guatemalans, 10 Hondurans, 13 Nicaraguans, and six Salvadorans as individuals on this year’s iteration of the Section 353 Corrupt and Undemocratic Actors list. Public figures from these countries aim to address corruption and its adverse effects on stability and irregular migration in the region.
Among those added to the list are two former Salvadoran presidents, Mauricio Funes, and Salvador Sanchez, who have been accused of corruption, money laundering, and misappropriation of public funds. Additionally, a Guatemalan judge, Fredy Orellana, has been listed for reportedly suspending an anti-corruption party ahead of a crucial runoff election.
The report also points out Yani Rosenthal, a politician from the opposition Liberal Party of Honduras, who has been reportedly convicted of money laundering in the U.S. Rosenthal vehemently denied the accusations in a tweet, rejecting the inclusion on the list.
The release of the corruption list has triggered reactions from the named individuals and their respective governments. Both Yani Rosenthal and the Guatemalan government have expressed their rejection of the allegations, labeling them as unfounded and an attempt by the U.S. to impose its jurisdiction on foreign individuals.
The U.S. government’s publication of the corruption list, which includes ex-presidents, judges, and lawmakers from Central America, reflects its commitment to addressing corruption and its impact on democracy and migration in the region. The move has garnered responses from the named individuals and their governments, sparking discussions on the measures needed to combat corruption and strengthen democratic institutions.