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Ricardo Juanes Laviada and Fernando Ruz Dueñas with their professor, Jorge Carlos Toledo Sauri.
Ricardo Juanes Laviada and Fernando Ruz Dueñas with their professor, Jorge Carlos Toledo Sauri. Photo: Marist

Two Marist University of Mérida students won the Latin American Human Rights Competition on Friday in Colombia.

Students Ricardo Juanes Laviada and Fernando Ruz Dueñas prevailed in a competition that uses a hypothetical human rights case, in which students are assigned the roles of representatives of a victim on one side and the hypothetical state on the other. They present their cases before a tribunal that simulates the Inter-American Human Rights Court.

The Mérida students advanced to the finals on Wednesday along with teams from five universities from Colombia, Argentina and the Dominican Republic.

The win follows victory in a national debate on human rights in Mexico City in September and first-place honors in another human rights contest at UADY, shortly before leaving for Colombia.

Fernando and Ricardo travel to Geneva, Switzerland next. There will integrate into a team of observers to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Then, in  May, they head to Washington D.C., where they will be enrolled in the Inter-American Human Rights Competition, the largest and oldest of all. Only two Mexican universities have won: the Veracruz, and three years ago, and Marist University of Mérida.

Source: Marist University of Mérida

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