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IIHR/CAPEL signs agreement with FEPADE

Fecha: (4/14/2016 10:47:41 AM)

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Mexico City. On April 6, 2016, IIHR Executive Director and Director of the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIHR/CAPEL), José Thompson, signed an agreement of cooperation with the Special Prosecutor for Electoral Crimes (FEDAPE) of the Office of the Attorney General of Mexico.

  Mr. Thompson, in addition to thanking the distinguished authorities for attending the ceremony, emphasized that it was the first time that the IIHR, an international academic human rights institution, had signed an agreement with the Office of the Attorney General, which he considered “a visionary, if not to say bold, decision” that was based on the fundamental nature of its mandate in the electoral field and that was reflected in the existnce of the Special Prosecutor for Electoral Crimes. He likened it to the founding of CAPEL in 1983, given “the essential and unbreakable tie that exists between human rights and democracy, according to which political and electoral processes can only be understood and fully realized as mechanisms that seek full political participation and, therefore, a basic part of human rights.”

The purpose of the agreement is to foster civic participation and to prevent electoral crimes through interchanges, collaboration, training, dissemination and technical assistance .

Present at the ceremony were the head of the Office of the Attorney General, Aracely Gómez González; Constancio Carrasco, President of the Electoral Tribunal of the Judiciary of the Federation of Mexico; Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, President of the National Electoral Institute; Senator Gabriela Cuevas Barrón, President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Special Prosecutor for Electoral Crimes, Santiago Nieto Castillo .

Appearing in the photograph are José Thompson, Constancio Carrasco, Aracely Gómez González and Santiago Nieto .

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