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 protecting victims.

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 by 74%.

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 crime victims.

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.”