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XVII Inter-American Course on Elections and Democracy

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Mexico City. On November 25-27, the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (CAPEL), a specialized program of the IIHR, and the Special Prosecutor for Electoral Crimes (FEDAPE, for its acronym in Spanish) of the Office of the Federal Attorney General of Mexico, sponsored the XVII Inter-American Course on Elections and Democracy, the main topic of which was “Democracy and violence: from old to new challenges in Latin America ".

Santiago Nieto Castillo, Chief Prosecutor of FEDAPE; Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, President of the Federal Electoral Institute, and Salvador Romero, Director of CAPEL, opened the Course.

Sofía Vincenzi Guilá, IIHR staff member, was in charge of the “Introduction to the Course on Democracy and Elections.” Her presentation was followed by the opening lecture "Peace agreements, political processes, elections and democracy" delivered by Rubén Ignacio Zamora Rivas (El Salvador), Ambassador of his country to the UN. He was introduced by César Iván Astudillo Reyes (Mexico) of the Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico .

A panel on "The faces of violence in the electoral processes in Latin America" took place on the afternoon of the 25th. In the first part, Luis Mario Rodríguez (El Salvador), Director of the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development; Salvador Romero, Director of CAPEL and Julieta Castellanos Ruiz (Honduras), Dean of the National Autonomous University of Honduras took part in the event, which was moderated by Carlos F. Natarén Nandayapa (Mexico) of the Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico .

Yuri Beltrán Miranda (Mexico), Advisor to the Federal Electoral Institute, moderated the second part of the event in which Carlos Meléndez Guerrero (Chile), researcher of the Diego Portales University; David Cienfuegos Salgado (Mexico) of the National Institute of Criminal Science and Luis Raúl González Pérez (Mexico), President of the National Human Rights Commission, gave their presentations .

The first day ended with a lecture on “The faces of violence in the electoral processes in Latin America,” by José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez (México), Second Vice President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, who was introduced by Adriana M. Favela Herrera (Mexico), Advisor of the Federal Electoral Institute.

The second day of the event began with a second panel, “Stakeholders of the electoral process faced with the challenge of violence,” which was comprised of Simón Pachano (Ecuador), researcher of the Latin America Social Sciences Institute; Ariel Fernando Ávila Martínez (Colombia), Deputy Director for Academics of the Peace and Reconciliation Foundation; and José Woldenberg Karakowsky (Mexico), researcher of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Alejandro Porte Petit (Mexico), Director General of FEDAPE, was the moderator .

There followed a lecture on “Coverage of mass media campaigns and works in violent environments” by Leonardo A. Curzio Gutiérrez (Mexico), communication theorist and researcher of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, who was presented by Janine M. Otálara Malasis (Mexico), Judge of the Regional Chamber of the Federal District of the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary .

The latter was followed by a panel on “Observation, campaigns and electoral management in violent environments”, moderated by Iván Huesca Licona (Mexico), Technical Secretary of FEDAPE, and composed of Alejandra Barrios Cabrera (Colombia), Director of the Electoral Observation Mission and Francisco Javier Aparicio Castillo (Mexico), Professor and Researcher of the Political Studies Division of the Center of Economic Research and Teaching .

Panel 4 on “Violence, electoral crimes and justice” (first part) was moderated by Elisa Speckman Guerra (Mexico) of the Institute of Historical Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and composed of Lourdes González Mendoza (Panama), Director of Legal Services of the Electoral Tribunal, and Flavio Galván Rivera (Mexico), Judge of the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary

A lecture on "Persecution and penalty of the electoral crimes in violent environments and the Rule of Law" took place on Friday, November 27 and was given by Santiago Nieto Castillo (Mexico), Head of FEPADE, who was introduced by Eber O. Betanzos Torres (Mexico), Deputy Attorney General for Human Rights, Crime Prevention and Community Services

Panel 5 on “Violence, electoral crimes and justice" (second part) was comprised of Flavia Freidenberg (Mexico), of the Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico; Eduardo Núñez Vargas (Costa Rica), Director of the National Democratic Institute of Guatemala, and Constancio Carrasco Daza (Mexico), President of the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary. Irma Méndez de Hoyos (Mexico), National Coordinator of the Network of Researchers on the Quality of Democracy in Mexico of the Latin America Social Science Institute, was the moderator.

The rapporteur of the event was Álvaro Rodríguez de la Vega (Mexico), Director General of the Prior Inquiry of FEDAPE .

Joseph Thompson, IIHR Executive Director conducted the closing ceremony of the XVII Inter-American Course on Elections and Democracy .

Almost one hundred people attended the Course, among them representatives of electoral bodies, district attorneys’ offices, political parties, non-governmental organizations specialized in political rights and academic entities from Latin American and the Caribbean .

In the photo, in the usual order, Lorenzo Córdova, Santiago Nieto and Salvador Romero .

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