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MEXICO CITY (AP) — An international court has ruled against a one-time Mexican Cabinet secretary who was blocked from running for president as an independent candidate in 2006.

The Costa Rica-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled that Jorge Castaneda’s political and equality rights were not violated.

Castaneda argued Mexican electoral laws that prevented him from running violated several articles of the American Convention on Human Rights.

A well-known academic with a long record of political activity, Castaneda was Mexico’s foreign secretary from 2000 to 2003 under President Vicente Fox.

Last year, Mexico’s Congress passed a measure allowing candidates with no party affiliation to run for public office.