President Enrique Peña
Nieto led the ceremony in which head of the National Human Rights
Commission Dr. Luis Raúl González Pérez presented his Activity Report 2015.
The NHRC is one of the strongest, most effective
organizations in the world. It is strong, independent and reliable, with the
powers and capacities required for the effective protection of fundamental
rights throughout the country. Its trajectory and evolution are examples of a democratic
Mexico, committed to human dignity.
"The NHRC has served the country, defending
the rights and freedoms of Mexicans, revealing abuse by the authorities and
Its work has also given
voice to and channeled initiatives in favor of the rights of children and
adolescents, people with disabilities, women and the elderly, migrants and
indigenous people and vulnerable people and groups in general.
Its creation in 1990 was a
decisive step towards incorporating human rights into the public agenda. The 1999 reform transformed the NHRC into what it
is today: an autonomous, constitutional body, completely
independent of any branch or order of government.
“The government has accepted all the
recommendations issued by the NHRC and works for its effective enforcement,
with a firm commitment to the legal, institutional and, above all, cultural
transformation of the country in favor of the rights inherent to human beings.”
The NHRC’s recommendations,
aimed particularly at the federal forces and authorities, have declined year
after year, from 31 in 2012 to eight in 2015. In three years, the number of
recommendations has fallen by 74 per cent.
With the participation of
the authorities, autonomous bodies, civil society organizations, academics,
experts and citizens as a whole, there
have been six achievements on various fronts:
1. The catalog of rights recognized in the legal
framework has been expanded. Through various reforms and public policies, the recognition of
fundamental rights in the constitutional order has increased.
2. A security policy has been consolidated with better
standards of protection and respect for human rights. The NHRC’s recommendations aimed at federal forces
and authorities in this sector have been reduced year after year, from 31 in
2012 to 8 in 2015. In three years, the number of recommendations has declined
3. A human rights approach has been incorporated into
all public policies. As a result
of a cross-cutting national program and a broad, ongoing training strategy, international
best practices are being institutionalized.
4. Institutional capacities to safeguard rights and
provide comprehensive support for vulnerable groups have been strengthened.
Foremost among these is the consolidation of national systems for the care and
protection of children and adolescents, women who have suffered violence and
5. The full implementation of the new Criminal Justice
System has been strongly supported. This paradigm shift, which will come into effect throughout the country
in June will strengthen due process and safeguard the presumption of innocence. It will also speed up trials and reduce impunity.
6. New laws are being promoted to more effectively
combat the forced disappearance of persons and torture.
“We must continue to make
an effort and advance together, so that institutional changes translate into a
change of mindset that will allow us to enjoy a healthy co-existence.
Society and government must work together for
widespread cultural change in favor of non-discrimination, inclusion, legality,
tolerance and respect.”