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MIRA en Congreso Mundial de Ciencia Política (Polonia 2016)

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Religious contest is increasing, even in supposedly secular states or in transnational institutions like the European Union. This panel looks at how religious contestation of public space and public policy is manifesting itself in different parts of the world. Chair: Dr. Mateo Ballester Rodríguez Discussants: Prof. Keiko Sakai Abstract: Politics and Religion from Colombia's Minority Perspective Mr. Carlos Alberto Baena López The Independent Movement of Absolute Renovation is a minority political organization in Colombia, founded in the year 2000 as an expression of transformation for the political landscape. Within its ideological foundations, independence stands out as a superior principle. Nevertheless, remaining in the political scene has meant overcoming significant challenges not just because of its ideological conviction, but also because of the very pre-established political and electoral conditions that govern the country. One of the most controversial elements associated to MIRA Political Movement has been its Christian origins, which has socially positioned it in an environment of stigmatization and even discrimination. Starting in 2006, the national electoral system has been subject to a series of detrimental reforms, putting the right that all Colombians have to participate in politics and become selected representatives in a fair and just manner at risk. Such reforms have been built upon the disproportionate increase of a voting threshold, leading MIRA to face elections full of risks and vulnerability. The events, characterized by its discrimination, serve as evidence of the great challenges that Colombia faces to guarantee the fundamental rights of its citizens, not only in the political landscape, but in matters of personal beliefs and individual freedoms. Every citizen has the right to freely express their beliefs, as long as they do not threaten those of others; furthermore, every government has the duty of guaranteeing that its citizens enjoy of the necessary conditions to participate in scenarios full of respect.