Wednesday, June 7, 2023

INAI and anti-corruption prosecutors cannot be a riot for anyone: Del Rio Venegas

Institutions such as the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) and anti-corruption prosecutors cannot be a riot for anyone, Commissioner Norma Julieta del Río, delivering the keynote address, said “The Importance of Prosecutors in the Fight Against Corruption” In”, at the Universidad Veracruzana.

“Let us protect the autonomy of institutions: be it the anti-corruption prosecutor or the INAI itself; Whether it is electoral or human rights organizations (…) Autonomy must always be defended, we lose nothing and we gain a lot,” he urged.

Del Río Venegas emphasized that these institutions fulfill their functions and answer to society, so they should be given the weight and power they deserve.

He regretted the initiative approved in the Chamber of Deputies, through which the Executive Secretariat of the National Anti-Corruption System (SESNA) was sought to disappear, as well as presented and subsequently withdrawn in the Senate of the Republic, with It was intended to transfer INAI’s functions to another instance.

In this regard, he warned that “there is no fight against corruption without transparency; There is no accountability without the fight against corruption, and without accountability there is no justice and no democracy. Democracy means freedom of information and everyone’s voice should be heard”.

The commissioner stressed that beyond thinking of vanishing these institutions, they should try to strengthen them and achieve effective coordination to tackle corruption and impotence in the country.

He noted that, according to the latest results of the Corruption Perceptions Index presented by Transparency International, the country stood at a stable 126th position out of 180 countries assessed along with Bolivia, Laos and Uzbekistan.

Likewise, he explained that the results of the investigation “Anti-corruption prosecutors: Transparency, autonomy and results”, presented on April 13 by the School of Government and Public Transformation of Tecnológico de Monterrey, illustrate the need to strengthen prosecutor’s offices. We do. and giving them greater autonomy from political power.

“Autonomy not only in front of power, but also in budgetary and management, because what’s the use of being autonomous if they don’t have the personnel or working conditions they need,” he said.

Finally, Norma Julieta del Río states that one challenge is to combat misinformation about the operation of these institutions, for example, INAI is accused of not prosecuting or imprisoning certain individuals for alleged acts of corruption. , however, it does not have the ability to do so; Its function is to guarantee the two fundamental rights of access to information and protection of personal data.

The conference was delivered within the framework of the virtual course “Ethical Performance and Administrative Responsibilities of Management Personnel”, delivered by the Universidad Veracruzana. María del Carmen Jiménez Rizzo, head of the Department of Evaluation and Personnel Development of that house of study, was present.

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