President Enrique Peña Nieto declared today that, “The law is the best means of transforming a democratic nation with stability and certainty.” It is, he declared, “A civic pact of belonging and unity, within almost all modern societies.”
As he led the ceremony marking Lawyers’ Day, formally celebrated on the 12th of this month, the president thanked the lawyers for their willingness to advance the meeting, because on that day, he will be in France on a state visit.
In the Adolfo López Mateos Hall of the official Los Pinos residence, the president added that the role of lawyers is of enormous social significance and contributes to development in different areas of the country. He said that this event, “Is an opportunity to renew our commitment individually and as a guild to the legality and justice of our country.”
He said the law has not only adapted to the social dynamics, but it has also been a source of profound changes in our society. He recalled that at the beginning of his administration, he urged Mexicans, “To transform our nation through our democratic institutions and sweeping reforms of the legal framework.”
In this great goal, he added, it was necessary to update the Basic Law and pass laws enshrining the ideas and projects involving the changes the country has required for several decades. Thus, in democracy and together with the legislative and judicial branches, 12 structural reforms were passed to update the institutional framework and change the country's destiny.
He noted that so far this administration, “We have passed 90 amendments to 51 articles of the Constitution. Behind each of them is an enormous amount of technical and political work that deserves our full recognition.”
He explained there are changes that expand Mexicans’ rights, strengthen the institutional framework and promote the development of the economy. Through the implementation of these reforms, it will not only be possible to glimpse a better future, but the nation’s present is already being transformed, he said.
By way of an example, he explained that the Telecommunication Reform is already yielding significant results, since this structural change eliminated national long distance call charges. Consumer prices for international long distance calls have fallen by over 40 percent, while those for mobile phones have declined by 15 percent.
“The number of users of wireless broadband, i.e. high-speed mobile Internet, has nearly doubled. Today there are 44 subscribers for every 100 inhabitants. Just two years ago there were only 22,” he announced.
The president also said that this sector is also attracting extremely significant investors to our country such as the AT&T company, which will invest $7.3 billion USD between now and 2018, equivalent to over 116 billion pesos, which will create more jobs and improve telecommunications services.
Noting that these developments have already been internationally recognized, the president explained that in just one year, from 2014 to 2015, Mexico moved up 10 places in the Networked Readiness Index, compiled by the World Economic Forum.
President Peña Nieto explained that these are specific examples of how reforms are already improving the national reality. He said that, “The benefits will increase and we are therefore working hard to ensure that every one of the reforms is implemented in the time prescribed by law.”
He said as part of the aim of bringing these legal changes to the everyday life of Mexicans, our country, “Will have the talent, knowledge and determination of Mexico’s lawyers.”
After urging them to be prepared to play a key role in the changes taking place in our country, the president noted that Mexico’s lawyers are citizens committed to the development of Mexico. Its lawyers are a valuable asset in favor of the law and justice.
THE SWIFT ADMINISTRATION OF FEDERAL JUSTICE WILL ACHIEVE EFFECTIVE STATE ACTION: MINISTER AGUILAR MORALES
Minister Luis María Aguilar Morales, President of the Supreme Court of Justice, said that, “Promptness in the delivery of federal justice is a matter of great significance and importance for achieving effective state action in this regard and promote the conditions required to legitimize the actions of federal judges in society’s eyes.”
He said that within the framework of the recent constitutional reforms, which are particularly important in terms of recognition and respect for human rights and the reform of injunctions and penal matters, “It is clear that lawyers require skills and capabilities in line with the new paradigms of argumentation and interpretation”.
He declared that for lawyers, “Independence, freedom, dignity, integrity and confidentiality are just some of the fundamental prerequisites for the exercise of the profession.”
THIS ADMINISTRATION IS WORKING TO PROVIDE SECURITY FOR MEXICANS: ARELY GÓMEZ
Attorney General Arely Gómez González (PGR) declared that since the beginning of President Peña Nieto’s mandate, “His administration has worked to provide security for Mexicans whose peace of mind has been disturbed, by implementing a national strategy to reduce violence through real, effective coordination between different levels of government in order to combat impunity and make justice, peace and the rule of law prevail in Mexico.
“This is the framework for action, this is the president’s permanent guideline and the main objective of his government: to achieve the full exercise of the rights that the Constitution grants Mexicans,” she said.
She also noted that, “The law is freedom as well as responsibility, the highest form of guaranteeing certainty for rights and obligations and in this respect the role of the lawyer is oriented towards the search for justice, meaning that integrity and righteousness are the main elements in the exercise of this profession.”
She declared that in order for Mexico to reach its full potential, “We must guarantee every person the right to security and effective access to justice,” as a result of which, in the PGR “We know and are aware that society as a whole demands results, investigations in keeping with the law, strict in scope and effective in their results in the fight against crime and impunity in the country.”
NOWADAYS IN MEXICO, ALL STANDARDS AND LEGAL INTERPRETATION FOCUSES ON HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR RIGHTS: HUMBERTO CASTILLEJOS CERVANTES
After declaring that the structural reforms promoted by President Enrique Peña Nieto, “Have a humanistic vision, because their conception is based on recognizing new human rights or strengthening others to make them truly effective,” Castillejos Humberto Cervantes, the President’s Legal Counsel, declared that there has been a paradigm shift in Mexico: “Today all state policy, all rules and all legal interpretation focus on human beings and their rights, which is the cause and purpose of the entire Mexican legal system.”
He said that there can be no human rights without effective judicial protection, which is why it is time we join forces to achieve prompt, thorough and impartial justice, as mandated by the Mexican Constitution.
This justice, he continued, must be effective and available to all Mexicans, which requires an enormous commitment and a true vocation for this justice: “It involves changing the mentality, standards, procedures and vision of the law to achieve a swift solution to problems, because tardy justice is not justice.”
He declared that today, “Effective legal supervision must be placed at the center of human rights, because that is what makes fundamental rights a reality and it is only if society, academia, lawyers, and the powers at all levels of government act together, “That we will be able to enforce the aspiration for justice enshrined in our Constitution.”
THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT HAS PLACED MEXICO AT THE LEADING EDGE OF REFORMS: ALEMÁN VELASCO
Miguel Alemán Velasco, the representative of the Steering Committee of the Institution of Lawyers’ Day, said that, “The government has taken firm steps towards building a new structural base that has placed Mexico at the forefront of reforms.”
He added that they are, “Advances that the country needed many years ago and thanks to the vision and conviction, but above all, the determination of the president who is a lawyer, Enrique Peña Nieto, and the leaders of the political parties, as well as our legislators in both houses, it was possible to achieve one of the largest reform agendas in living memory”.
Alemán Velasco warned that, “One might think that the task has been completed, but the challenge continues. We have projects, we have leadership, and leaders committed to the future of the nation. The new national scenario shows a country that has decided to make decisions to improve its levels of welfare.