Dialogue: the key to building and transforming

Dialogue: the key to building and transforming
Dialogue: the key to building and transforming

In previous columns I have objectively commented on the appointments made in blocks by Dr. Claudia Sheinbaum, President-elect, and their impact on national issues of interest, but above all on the subject that is part of our subject: transparency and accountability.

Last week we learned of four more appointments: Rosa Icela Rodríguez, Secretary of the Interior; Mario Delgado, Secretary of Public Education; Ariadna Montiel, Secretary of Welfare; and Omar García Harfuch, Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection.

As of October 1, Ms. Rosa Icela Rodríguez was entrusted with the reins of governance, an appointment that I received with hope. At the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) we have always been respectful of any authority and our actions have been in accordance with the law, so we do not fear dialogue, on the contrary, we seek it and encourage it.

As head of the SSPC, a subject required in terms of transparency, Ms. Rodríguez has achieved 100% compliance in uploading information. Likewise, due to the functions she performs, when applying the category of “national security”, she proceeds under the corresponding regulations, being respectful of processes and rights.

At the INAI, it is important to say and insist that the resolutions of the appeals filed by society due to a refusal to provide information or violation of personal data have always been in accordance with both the Federal Law on Transparency and Access to Public Information and the General Law on Personal Data Held by Obligated Subjects.

At the Institute, while we have achieved a bridge of dialogue with the new federal administration, we work with the same dedication, despite the lack of appointments. Let us remember that we are four of the seven Commissioners who by Law must make up the Plenary.

At this point I would also like to take the opportunity to reiterate, as we have seen, that a reduction to five Commissioners would not affect the powers that are translated into tasks of the national guarantor body.

We have tried to build bridges in the past on several occasions. We have never given up on seeking dialogue, since misinformation about the work of this Institute affects not only the authorities, but mainly society and its rights.

The INAI guarantees two fundamental rights: access to information and the protection of our personal data. That is what is being defended, because there is no turning back on rights.

Since my arrival as Commissioner at INAI, in November 2020, I have spoken about the importance of a comprehensive change that optimizes resources so that the work is even closer to Mexicans.

Adversity leads us to this, and through dialogue we must find a response so that these two rights, won 22 years ago by society, academics, journalists and politicians, continue to be privileged with autonomy.

For this reason, and in view of the upcoming arrival of Ms. Rosa Icela, the hope of the long-awaited bridge of dialogue sought for years remains valid.

BY JULIETTE DEL RIO
@JULIETDELRIO
INAI COMMISSIONER

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