What is the citizen’s initiative Ley3de3 (3 out of 3)? Click on the CC icon to activate the subtitles in English.
The Mexican people are tired of corruption and impunity. Every day we hear about new scandals, such as those of Humberto Moreira, the (Mexican) White House, and several others. However, asking politicians to solve the problem is like asking a football player to referee his own match. The solution has to come from us. This is why a diverse group of citizens and civil society organizations have developed a legislative proposal named Ley 3de3. The document defines 10 types of conducts that should be deemed acts of corruption and establishes firm punishments for these. These range from removal from public office to compensatory and punitive damages, and permanent restriction from holding any public sector position. Among other things, Ley 3de3 also demands that all members of Congress and Government officials, including the President himself, make three declarations public:
  1. Assets How much do they own? How do those assets increase over time?
  2. Potential conflicts of interest What were their previous work positions? Who are their friends and allies?
  3. Taxes Do they pay taxes? Or do they only spend them?
This project has been validated by a great number of NGOs, anti-corruption experts, renowned universities, and noteworthy research centers. Since Ley 3de3 is not endorsed by any political parties, it can only reach Congress as citizens’ initiative. In order for this to happen, and so it can potentially become law, Ley 3de3 requires at least 120,000 supporting signatures. With your help, we can make this happen. *UPDATE* On March 17, the coordination group of Ley 3de3 delivered 309,476 signatures to the Senate demanding that all the discussions regarding our Initiative would be held according to the Open Parliament guidelines. The signatures are currently being validated by the INE.   LEY 3DE3 – INTERNATIONAL PRESS #Ley3de3: Pushing democracy’s frontier El Daily Post | by Pedro Gerson | March 13 ‘Mexico is by passing politicians to practice democracy by social media’ Quartz | by Ana Campoy | February 22 ‘Mexico’s Next Big Chance to Tackle Corruption’ American Quarterly | by Viridiana Rios ‘Anticorruption Efforts in Mexico’ Council on Foreign Relations | by Shannon K. O´Neil | March 8 ‘Mexican Citizens’ Initiative to Curb Corruption Gains Steam’ Wall Street Journal | by Juan Montes |March 13 ‘300,000 Mexicans take the law into their own hands (in a good way)’ Transparency International | March 17 People vs politicians: Who can tackle Mexico’s corruption?’ BBC | by Katy Watson | March 22 Mexican citizens use smartphones to fight corruption’ Dallas Morning News | by Antonio Garza [Former US Ambassador to Mexico] | March 23 ‘Mexicans Use CrowdLaw to Fight Corruption’ GovLab.com | by Irene Tello | March 29 ‘How people power is tackling corruption in Mexico’ BBC | by Katy Watson| March 22