After gathering more than 51,000 signatures that supported its creation, the 26th of July, year 2000, the MIRA Political Movement was confirmed its legal entity.
Thirteen years later, the exalted work of its representatives, the national and international awards and the outstanding hard work of MIRA’s militants, supporters and volunteers (Miraists), have shown that “Impossible is achievable”.
MIRA was born as an expression of the need to provide values to politics, leaving aside ethically dubious practices such as electoral fraud, party switching, electoral alliances and vote buying that would be changed into a non-traditionalist style of political management.
With a strong ideological foundation of social service, politics made by MIRA, has been conceived from the very beginning, as the expression of the vocation of individuals that seek to solve problematic situations of the society through the use of public power.
Alexandra Moreno Piraquive was elected Senator of the Republic of Colombia; a female voice in the Colombian Congress, with her management and participation, she achieved the enactment of 3 Acts of great importance for the country and Colombians living in foreign countries. During the 2002 elections MIRA obtained 81.061 votes, (the highest for the Colombian Congress that year).
In its constant struggle, and with the national support of many people convinced of its cause, MIRA was positioned; at the same time, rallies and speeches were prepared to state positions regarding child sexual abuse (MIRA promoted the celebration of the day for the elimination of violence against children), women’s rights and the increasing price of Domestic Public Services (MIRA led a popular initiative to gather signatures against the increasing price of Domestic Public Services).
Carlos Alberto Baena Lopez was elected as Bogotá City Council Member again.
In November, Bogotá City Council Member Carlos Alberto Baena Lopez, achieved great career merits through El Tiempo’s publishing house (Colombia’s most reputable newspaper), the Corona Foundation (private organization founded by Colombian entrepreneurs ) and Bogotá City’s Chamber of Commerce , as he was recognized with an outstanding performance as City Council Member. Subsequently, in his performance as City Council Member, Baena continued to receive this distinction during five consecutive times.
Alexandra Moreno Piraquive was ratified as Senator. After overcoming the barrier of the Colombian political reform, MIRA’s Congressional Caucus was formed as, by popular vote, Senator Manuel Virgüez was elected to the Senate and Representative Gloria Stella Diaz was elected to the House of Representatives for Bogota.
The Movement managed to expand its political representation to territorial levels, with an elected Mayor in the municipality of Calarcá; three deputies in the Departmental Assemblies of Valle, Risaralda and Quindio; 35 City Council Members and 264 LAU Members (Ediles) in Local Administrative Units (Juntas Administradoras Locales), nationwide.
Bogotá City Council Member Humberto Martinez Quijano, accompanied the work of Bogotá City Council Member Carlos Alberto Baena, showing group work and cohesion in order to ratify the Political Movement’s principles of uniformity and team work. Important agreements were approved to them, as Public Youth and Elderly Policies, the Equal Opportunities Plan, Bilingual City of Bogotá, the Inventory of the Cultural Heritage of the City and the Regulations in the Operation of Elderly Houses, among others.
On October 21st, MIRA occupied the first place in the Gender Equality Ranking in politics, granted by the United Nations, which demonstrated the interest of the movement for the development of affirmative actions that ensure the mutually supportive, complementary and harmonious progress of men and women.
Through its Chairman Carlos Alberto Baena Lopez, MIRA made appearances in the media, informing the impeccable work of MIRA’s Representatives, who despite the political conditions of the country at that time, were out of any judicial investigation for “parapolitics” (supporting paramilitaries through political actions), or any form of corruption; therefore, demonstrating the country that it is possible to do politics differently.
This time, the Senator Alexandra Moreno Piraquive, was positioned as one of the best Congress Members of the country. The Colombian Navy recognized the work of Manuel Virgüez, first officer of the institution in becoming Senator of the Republic. Gloria Stella Díaz, for the second consecutive year, was recognized by journalists as the best Representative of the House of Representatives.
In the assessment of “Concejo Cómo Vamos” (How is the City Council Doing?), in the first semester, through the assessment of the individual performance, Bogotá City Council Member Humberto Quijano was remarked by his compliance to all the City Council sessions. For the second semester, MIRA’s group work in the Bogotá City Council was recognized as “the most disciplined”, making evident a solid horizontal group work, that has characterized Miraists (MIRA’s militants and party representatives) and that reaffirms their loyalty and commitment by the achievement of real benefits for the citizens of Bogotá.
Up to that moment, as a result of the actions of MIRA’s Congressional Caucus, with the leadership and management of MIRA’s Representatives, the enactment of several Acts was achieved:
Follow-up to International Treaties
Programs to Guarantee Elderly Rights
Control Manipulation and Imports of Hazardous Waste
Comprehensive Care for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse
Increased Penalties for Sexual Crimes
Quality Management in Public Entities
Benefits to the Members of the Technical Investigation Body (CTI)
Regulation of Amusement Parks and Mechanical Attractions
MIRA was the author of these Acts, among many others.
In April, Senator Alexandra Moreno Piraquive was appointed as a Representative to the third Ordinary Parliamentary Session EUROLAT, held in Hague (Netherlands).
On June 11, Bogotá City Council Member Carlos Alberto Baena, participated in the XV inter-American Conference of Mayors and Local Authorities, held in Miami, US. During this event, Baena stated the importance of evaluating public policies, starting by MIRA’s effectiveness model, based on governance criteria, sustainability and equity for the development of political work.
By July, Carlos Alberto Baena resigned to the Bogotá City Council in order to aspire to the Colombian Senate. Engineer Carlos Eduardo Guevara took office as Baena´s replacement in the Bogotá City Council. Engineer Carlos Eduardo Guevara had actively worked in the construction of Public Youth Policies since the founding of the Political Movement.
In September, MIRA was present in Expogestion 2009 (One Colombia’s most reputable Management and Entrepreneurship Forums). For the first time in Colombia, a political party participated in the most important management forum for Colombia and the Andean Region. On this occasion, the MIRA Political Movement presented its Miraist Management System (Sistema de Gestión Miraísta), showing it to entrepreneurs as a bridge to connect the public and the private sectors.
During the first legislative half, Senator Manuel Virgüez promoted the Compulsory Military Service Desertion Act (1243) (Ley de Remisos 1243), which around 130 thousand Colombian men over the age of 25, benefited from, as they were given their military service identifications (Libreta Militar) through the amnesty offered by this Act.
On the ninth anniversary of the Movement, improvements of great importance were made, such as the creation of the School of Government, which, through its “Course Competition” (Curso-Concurso), had the participation of male and female political leaders from across the country and the world that were formed as aspiring candidates to the Popular Internal Consultation held on September 27th.
For the first time in Colombia, a political party participated in a Popular Internal Consultation, to choose their candidates for the Senate and the House of Representatives.
On this occasion, an important support of the Colombian citizens was achieved, with about 200 thousand votes. In addition, being pioneers in the field, the participation of young people over 14 years of age was achieved in this democratic process and nearly 17 thousand of them, voted to support MIRA.
In the implementation of ICT to its processes (Information and Communications Technology), with advances in this field through their social networks, and their official website, MIRA has not been left behind: www.webmira.com, was nominated by the Colombia En Linea (Colombia Online) Competition, in the category “Best political website”.
For the election of candidates both in the Popular Internal Consultation, and in the March elections, MIRA promoted the “zipper system” to ensure the equitable inclusion of men and women in an articulated way; i.e., 50 percent women and 50 percent men. In this way, MIRA reaffirms that politics is incomplete without the participation of women.
It was also officially published and available to the entire world, the Miraism (The practice of MIRA’s principles) as the Political Ideology that rules the Political Movement, explaining how, with a system of applied values, the analysis model for decision making was structured. This model aims to ensure the balance of decision making. By this moment, MIRA counted with the interest of personalities such as Manfred Max Neef, Interactive Nobel Prize in economy, who recognized the important advances of MIRA in such field.
In addition, a Public Accountability System was adopted as missional, systematic and permanent responsibility and the concept of working as one Vertical Party Block was proposed to Miraists, which means that from the LAU Members (Ediles) working in Local Administrative Units (Juntas Administradoras Locales) to the Senators and Representatives in Congress, they would all work on addressing common issues.
On the legislative field, MIRA achieved the enactment of several Acts, including the 1322 Act, which was promoted by Senator Alexandra Moreno Piraquive, in order to allow Law students to make their internships in Colombian consulates and embassies which intended to provide aid to the consular work and improve public attention in other countries.
The Representative to the House of Representatives for Bogotá, Gloria Stella Díaz, proposed the Act 1326, with which penalties on drivers who caused accidents while driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances would be increased. Also, Act 1275 that establishes Public Policies for Low Size Citizens was enacted.
With all Act initiatives, MIRA political movement brought to the country 57.3% of the legislative activity with only 3 out of 268 members of the Colombian Congress.
The Representative to the House of Representatives for Bogotá, Gloria Stella Díaz, obtained recognition as she was qualified by several media as the “most disciplined” Representative in the Colombian House of Representatives, after proposing 29 bills in the 2009-2010 legislature.
In the two semesters of the same year, MIRA’s block-work in the Bogotá City Council, was assessed for the third consecutive time by the “Concejo Cómo Vamos” (How is the City Council Doing?) program, as with “the best performance” in the Corporation.
MIRA participated again in the elections to Senate and House of Representatives under the “closed list” or “List Proportional Representation (List PR)” system where it obtained a significant growth of electoral support, with nearly 330 thousand votes, obtaining three seats for the Senate, represented by Alexandra Moreno Piraquive, Manuel Virgüez and Carlos Alberto Baena. The seat in the House of Representatives for Bogotá was also ratified with Congresswoman Gloria Stella Diaz.
With a singular political campaign in foreign countries, MIRA participated in the elections to the seat of the House of Representatives for Colombians Living in Foreign Countries with candidates William Ocaña and Jorge Muñoz who did a remarkable job on positioning the name of MIRA in various international environments.
Elections in March were characterized by having the novelty of electing the members of the Andean Parliament, for which MIRA had a list of 5 candidates to aspire to the office. Although it did not obtain any seat, MIRA was supported by more than 500,000 voters, the highest vote rate achieved in the history of the Political Movement.
New Acts by MIRA’s Congressional Caucus were enacted for the benefit of the community; this time, it was Act 1383, amending the National Transit Code in regards to amnesties for traffic tickets; the 1385 Act that prevents Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; and Act 1414 that stablishes special measures of protection and comprehensive care for people who suffer from epilepsy.
MIRA was consolidated at an institutional scale with the creation of the Center of Studies for Miraism, a research-based Center for proposing solutions to the various issues of the country.
MIRA political movement received the best website in politics and democracy Colombia En Linea (Colombia Online) 2010 award. The recognition was awarded to the Movement’s website, as part of the initiative of the Camara Colombiana de Informatica y Telecomunicaciones (CCIT), (Colombian Chamber of Informatics and Telecommunications) Casa Editorial El Tiempo (El Tiempo Publising House – A reputable newspaper in Colombia) and the program Gobierno En Línea (Government Online) from the Min-TIC (Ministry of Information, Technology and Communications).
On March 4th, the International Republican Institute (IRI), in partnership with the Corporation Transparencia por Colombia (Transparency for Colombia) and the United Nations for Development Program UNDP, announced the results of the Study on Public Opinion about Political Parties, carried out by the Pollster Firm Invamer Gallup firm. At this event, the deceased former Chancellor Augusto Ramirez Ocampo, said: ” I would say that The MIRA party is today the best organized party in the country”; he also mentioned the way in which the movement looks for their supporters and highlighted the work of their members: “each one of MIRA’s representatives complies with his or her work, discloses information regarding his or her work and is consistent with the party policies”; He said.
The political orientation of MIRA is not defined in terms of Left, Center or Right; in the words of its directives, its political work is guided by “Solidary and Propositional Independence”, which focuses on aiming to the welfare of the population, rather than to defend partisan factions. For MIRA, governability of the country has degenerated into a manipulation of the political actors through bribes and illicit gifts; given this bureaucratic governance, MIRA’s Representatives propose “Theme-based governance” that gives transparency to decision making in the State and emphasizes in meritocracy. These concepts belong to the Miraism for Absolute Renewal, the ideology of MIRA which was patented in 2011 before the United Nations in Switzerland.
By the end of the parliamentary term, the following Acts were enacted: Act 1468, which extends maternity leave from 12 to 14 weeks; and Act 1465, that creates the National System of Migrations, both initiatives by Senator Alexandra Moreno Piraquive.
During this year, several causes that mobilized people across the country and internationally were promoted such as:
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Colombians in the United States
Mobile Phone: A Benefit for Everyone!
Fair Gasoline Price in Colombia
Say yes to Equality of Opportunities
Say NO to Racism
Motorcycling without Abuses
As you drive on the road you “drive” your life.
For the purpose of continued growth in its political representation, MIRA participated in the electoral campaign of October 30th with lists of candidates for Governor, Mayor, Assembly, City Council and Local Administrative Units (LAU) offices nationwide. In the composition of its lists, the Movement had a total representation of 50% of women and 50% of men.
2012 Was full of projects and compliance. Our representatives daily struggled to be the voice of the Colombian people and defend their rights; that is the reason why Acts such as: Act 1482 were implemented. This Act gives fines and criminal charges against any discriminatory behavior in the country; Act 1503, makes Education on Road Safety compulsory for all schools in Colombia; Act 1554, puts a halt to settlements of video games that allow the entry to children under 14 years of age; and Act 1548 which imposes a fine and suspension of Driver’s License to those who refuse the DUI (Driving Under the Influence) test, among others.
In the Colombian Congress, MIRA led important initiatives for the welfare of all the Colombian citizens, through the Congressional Caucus, composed by Alexandra Moreno, Manuel Virgüez and Carlos Baena and in the House of Representatives Gloria Stella Diaz. This includes the defense of children and women against violence and any form of abuse; the promotion of motorcyclist rights; concrete actions for life quality improvement of the Military; the Act against discrimination and racism; and initiatives on road safety and the restructuring of the Colombian healthcare system, among others.
The continuous work of MIRA all year long is an expression of its own philosophy: Doing Politics is consolidating friendship relations with the people; and therefore, our work cannot be limited the electoral season.
Certainly, MIRA’s most important treasure is its nearly 120 thousand militants and volunteers that make the bases of this young political movement. Their spirit of commitment and friendship with the citizens gives them the well deserved name of “the treasure of the Movement”, as they are colloquially called because it is through their work and perseverance that MIRA manages to reach throughout the country with social work, civic management and effective political representation.
The Popular Internal Consultation, in which MIRA committed with the people in 2012, is a clear example of this: Community Delegates for each of the committees would help strengthen the dialogue between all the leaders of the Movement to evaluate and redesign programmatic priorities according to what the society is requiring.
The MIRA Political Movement became a pioneer in the launching of a technological tool for public accountability on its legislative management and progress of its bills in real-time.
On April 9th, MIRA joined the rally for the “National Day in Memory of and Solidarity with the Victims of the Colombian Armed Conflict”, in support of the millions of Colombians who have suffered the ravages of war, making a call for inclusion.
On January 30th, MIRA’s Chairman described as a premature step that kicks off the legalization of drugs in Colombia which can encourage the illicit market, the announcement of the national Government to regulate minimum dose of synthetic drugs consumption.
On February 2nd, the National Board of Directors of the MIRA Political Movement, based on the powers set out in subparagraph g of article 16th of the Movement’s statutes, at meeting held on previous day, called on members who integrate the political organization to its National Convention. In the event, MIRA made several important announcements to the public opinion regarding national the democratic setting.
On February 23rd and 24th, the board of directors , MIRA’s Legislators and regional leaders met in the city of Bogota to make decisions regarding the 2014 elections campaign.
On February 26th, with the participation and voting of 580 members (90% virtual and 10% face-to-face attendees), located in 60 points nationwide and 25 overseas, the National Convention of the MIRA Political Movement made several decisions and nominated some of the pre-candidates who would participate in the legislative elections of 2014.
On February 28th, MIRA’s Chairman, Senator Carlos Alberto Baena, showed his solidarity with the coffee growers of the country, and made a call to the National Government, so there would be quick advances in supportive means that would help overcome the crisis.
On March 6th, in the event called “Ranking of Equality between Women and Men in Colombian Political Parties 2013”, presented by the the United Nations for development (UNDP) program, MIRA outstood in the female ranking UNDP 2013.
On May 9th, MIRA’s Congressional Caucus filed a bill that intended to ensure access to social benefits, education and training for the productivity of Colombian farmers, aiming to farms sustainability by the well-being of their inhabitants. “Time Zero has come for the National Government to increase their efforts to improve the quality of life of farmers who have been, are and will be, the pillar of Colombian economy “; Senator Baena said.
On May 17th, counting with the attendance of representatives from institutions and Political Parties that motivate and drive democratic strengthening, the MIRA Political Movement launched in Bogotá its Thinking Center AXIOMA, a research-dedicated organization aiming to the consolidation of a development model, based on the ideology of Miraism by means of an independent research area , for the creation of new ideas and approaches in the public setting for innovation, improvement, strengthening and support of components for public policies and development with equity, professional and specialized knowledge, in the social, economic, political, community, cultural, technological and environmental fields at national and international scales. In the event, AXIOMA presented its website axioma.movimientomira.com and led a Panel entitled: “The Role of Political Parties in the Construction of Knowledge and the Transformation of the Political Culture”.
On May 18th, for the first time, MIRA’s Youth Group facilitated a public participation space for young people interested in promoting political leadership in the country for the programmatic consolidation and strengthening of Youth’s life project. During these events MIRA’s Youth made several presentations on topics such as: Political Independence, The Environment, Employment, Compulsory Military Service and Education, among others.
On May 30th, within the framework of the 2nd National Convention of female representatives, MIRA led a Panel on the implementation of the CONPES (CONPES is The National Council of Economic and Social Policies) document 161: “National Public Policy of Gender Equity and the Comprehensive Plan to Ensure Women a Life Free of Violence”. The event was attended by the High Presidential Counsellor for Women´s Equity, the Director for the Presidential Human Rights Office, the General Director of Legal Medicine and the Deputy Minister of the Interior. During the panel, the presenters analyzed the way in which 3.5 billion Pesos would be invested to work in favor of Colombian women and the management of this budget at a local scale. MIRA was present at this event with Deputy Women, City Councilwomen and female Members from the Local Administrative Units elected nationwide.
On Sunday, June 30th, in the facilities of the Red Cross theatre in the City of Armenia, about 500 youth leaders in the area, presented to Representatives from City Councils and the Departmental Assembly, different proposals focused on bilingualism, environment, employment, compulsory military service and extreme sports, among others. The event was broadcasted live through the juventudesmira.com website (MIRA’s Youth Group website)
Senator Carlos Alberto Baena, Chairman of the Movement, described as a democratic act by the Constitutional Court the decision of admitting the study of the Lawsuit against the 3% electoral threshold.
According to the poll conducted by the National Consulting Center, 5% of the Colombian population sympathizes with the MIRA Political Movement. The result published by the pollster firm represents twice the percentage of the previous measurement; the highest in congressional campaigns made by MIRA and, in electoral terms, it represents about 500 thousand supporters.
Also, the report indicates that MIRA surpasses in electoral preference Cambio Radical (3%) and Progresistas (2%), while there would a technical tie with the Verde Party (6%) and the Polo Democrático (6%).
The poll, which was published in the middle of the pre-electoral debate on the 3% threshold and possible new alliances for votes, showed that more and more citizens are identified with the independence and results of the MIRA Political Movement.
On October 15th, the MIRA Political Movement was awarded the “Premio Colombia En Linea (Colombia Online Award) 2013″ for “Best politics and democracy website”; and “Most voted website by the people” in every category, The award was given by Casa Editorial El Tiempo (El Tiempo Publishing House- a reputable newspaper in Colombia) (CEET), the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MinTIC), and the Colombian Chamber of Informatics and Telecommunications (CCIT).
It is now more than 13 years of hard work and commitment to Colombians, in which the MIRA Political Movement has managed to appeal to values and its compliance, to move forward on each of the projects in which it has intervened.
It has also managed to maintain its critical viewpoint on issues regarding corruption and governmental negligence, based on its independence, since it has never formed a coalition with other parties; and it has boosted the development of the skills of the individual and their application, to the Betterment of society.
With all of this, there is a greater challenge to meet: To continue positioning MIRA as a Movement of Values, of Absolute Renewal, which strives for the improvement of the conditions of the individual and for the achievement of a harmonious society. To move towards the exercise of a consistent political control, the challenge is to continue tracing history, generating actions with independence understanding this concept as political autonomy which allows the community to make decisions with freedom and responsibility, looking for everyone’s benefit.
After more than one decade of efforts, struggles and successes, MIRA defines itself as a Movement for the community and the needs of the nation, showing that contrary to all predictions that have been made by scholars and politicians, it has managed to survive, which seems to ratify, as one of most remembered campaign slogans reads: “Impossible is achievable” (Lo Imposible es real)
But perhaps the most interesting feature of the movement, is its insistence in remaining independent for each electoral campaign, which has allowed its representatives, to see “from outside” the National Government proposals, under the premise of not being in the National Union (Unidad Nacional), but for the National Union; understood as the theme-based work for the common welfare of the nation. A proof of this has been its critical position against the Political Reforms: Economic and Mining Policies, Healthcare Reform, Unfair Price of Fuels in Colombia and the recent Justice Reform, among other points of the official agenda.
The year 2014 began and with it, a challenge for the MIRA Political Movement, not only for being an elections year, but also because the political permanence of the Movement was at stake once more due to the 3% electoral threshold.
Not only the 3% threshold conceived and approved in such a way that political participation of minorities in the country would be vanished from the political setting. That was a concern to the movement, but something else happened that put MIRA on “high alert” at different fronts: The political persecution against MIRA began.
Strategically, two months before Congressional Elections, a vilification campaign, later referred to as “Political Persecution” against the MIRA Political Movement.
Misleading information, media issuing judgments against MIRA’s candidates, political sectors that saw an opportunity, insulting and slandering MIRA and its leaders in Congress, extending the persecution to Militants in their neighborhoods, jobs, schools, universities; threats against those brave supporters who decided to wear clothing making allusion to the Movement, and a number of unfortunate events that made the only transparent and honest political movement in Colombia be exposed to the reproaches and taunts of those who forged this vilification campaign.
March 9th, 2014, meant to MIRA the beginning of what would become the focal point of its campaign. After knowing the results of the elections that day, that chose Senators and Representatives for the legislative 2014-2018 term, the news came of from the House of Representatives: MIRA had obtained three seats. With Carlos Eduardo Guevara by Bogota, Guillermina Bravo, chosen by the Valle Department and Ana Paola Agudelo, by the Colombians living in foreign countries, a new Congressional Caucus started in the House of Representatives.
But in addition, and against all odds, the Movement managed to maintain its Legal Entity and the controversial electoral threshold of 3%.
However, MIRA this time undertook a marathon struggle for the defense and the transparency of the elections. Based on compelling real evidence, such as alteration of voting, stained E-14 formats (Voting report forms), loss of ballots, mismatch of counted votes, etc., the Movement led by its Chairman Dr. Carlos Alberto Baena gathered more than 130,000 files as the main proof that in the elections of March 9th there was “fraud”, subsequently, the elections were sued before the General Prosecutor’s Office and the CNE (National Elections Council).
In the meantime, the Movement did not neglect what had happened with the political persecution to which it was exposed at the beginning of 2014. For that reason, on May 22nd, in Washington, before the Inter-American Commission on human rights, Dr. Carlos Alberto Baena MIRA’s Chairman, filed the precautionary measures request of the Organization of American State (OAS) for the protection of the life and integrity of hundreds of thousands of MIRA’s militants.
On July 31st, 2014, the good news came. The main means of communication as the newspaper EL TIEMPO entitled: “IACHR accepts to review lawsuit of precautionary measures requested by MRA”.
Certainly, the IACHR valued the fact that the Movement presented more than a thousand cases in which its militants were occupationally harassed and indiscriminately persecuted for belonging to MIRA. In addition to demonstrating in social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, more than 500 messages with death threats that were made to leaders of the party.
2014 was definitely a fairly representative year to MIRA because it marked the beginning of a new stage both in politics and media.
The political persecution to which MIRA was exposed by several months and several political and opinion sectors brought the re-birth of union and courage in the most wanted moment. With gallantry and conviction, the militant Miraists continued forward to increasingly believe that the Absolute Renewal is possible.
2015 confirmed the strength and commitment of MIRA with the country. A commitment that beyond achieving a significant amount of seats as traditional politics would do, is focused on making active, clear, helpful, useful and selfless politics accessible to all Colombian Citizens.
MIRA made a huge turn to its way of doing politics but never forgetting its principles and ideology. It was commonly decided to start working with “programmatic agreements” with other candidates of different political parties, who are willing to accept the proposals of the Movement and comply with certain requirements.
Furthermore, as a result of the tireless struggle of Dr. Carlos Alberto Baena for the defense of the rights of the Movement’s militants, MIRA went on active defense not only of its more than 15 years’ work of benefiting the Colombians, but also, in defense of the rights of those who profess a religion and are persecuted, reviled and exposed to all kinds of abuse.
The inclusion in the National Development Plan (PND) 2014-2018 of the Public Policy of Religious, Cult and conscience Freedom, meant for the movement a significant achievement in political matters. Such inclusion, warns the Ministry of the Interior to promote the recognition of civil society organizations based in the Religious, Cult and conscience Freedom, and in addition, to make and keep current public policy of Religious, Cult and conscience Freedom, in a participatory manner, in terms of equality and equity, highlighting its contribution to the common good of local, regional and national settings.