He pointed out that, “Justice is undoubtedly an inherent value in a democratic nation, and also essential for the harmonious progress of any society.” He added that seeking justice in a timely and effective fashion, “Is a fundamental duty of the State; demanding it with promptness and certainty is a fundamental right of every person.”
He told the country’s attorneys and prosecutors: “You have a powerful responsibility, which is to ensure that your performance, the institutions you represent, ensure that Mexican society has access to prompt justice, justice that fully respects the performance of Mexican state institutions, fundamental rights, and above all, guarantees justice when any citizen demands it.”
He said that today, security and justice institutions face three major challenges:
FIRST: Hold their actions to the highest standards of respect for human rights.
SECOND: Be effective at a time when society demands results almost immediately.
THIRD: Live up to the transformation involved in the new Criminal Justice System.
The president declared that the government is now devoting efforts and coordinating with state governments to ensure the proper implementation of the new Criminal Justice System. He said that since the beginning of this administration, over $10 billion dollars have been assigned to make it happen. “This has meant an investment that is 337 percent higher than that assigned to it in 2008-2012.”
He noted that today, we are 304 days away from having the criminal justice system operate throughout the country, and, “We are very clear that our Constitution will not accept any delay in its implementation.” Time is short, he added, and “This requires that all Mexican state institutions and the branches of government close ranks, work in a coordinated manner as we have been doing, while showing that this coordination will be expressed in efficiency and the full implementation of this model by June of next year.”
The president said that the new criminal justice system is a different model from the one Mexico had adopted for over a hundred years, “Which brings justice to society, which should be done much more quickly, promptly, more effectively and more transparently, since it will involve oral trials.”
The president declared that, “Changing a model also means establishing a new culture of legality and a new culture in favor of law enforcement and the administration of justice.”
President Peña Nieto said that in a case as important as the multiple homicide in the Federal District, “Attorneys and prosecutors are committed to redoubling efforts and providing timely, proper care for the investigation and arrest of those responsible for the attacks and murders of journalists and human rights defenders.”
He said that in the area of prevention, he has, “Instructed the Secretariat of the Interior to strengthen the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists.”
He stressed that this generation, “Must destroy obsolete, outdated models that have been surpassed in several areas, and correctly implement new paradigms, new models, to ensure that present and future society has better conditions.”
THE MEXICAN STATE IS UNITED IN ITS FIGHT AGAINST CRIME AND IMPUNITY: ARELY GÓMEZ
Attorney General Arely Gómez González, said that the work to be performed at the 33rd Plenary Assembly of the National Conference on Law Enforcement is an opportunity to show that the Mexican State is united in the task of combating crime and ending impunity.
“Today we have the tools to put society on the side of law and justice. Let us reinforce these actions in each of our regions to strengthen the coordination and collaboration of the institutions involved, in which guaranteeing rights is a priority,” he said.
He stressed that, “Society’s desire for justice brooks no delay; we must provide results without alibis or adhering strictly to the law. Crime must be fought with the law in one’s hand and with the guarantees of due process that define our Constitution and the substantive procedural legal system.”
The president said that, “The fight against crime does not cause an agency or order of government or power; it is a task that involves everyone, including society itself.” He underlined the fact that an assertive communication scheme will make it possible to detect the immediate criminal risks and encourage citizen participation. “Every complaint must be heard and heeded,” he explained.
Noting that the raison d’être of the Conference is coordination and collaboration, he declared that, “Attorneys and prosecutors should be the first to reflect this spirit and will to join forces; to coordinate and work together to tackle crime with all the resources that the law gives us.”
Arely Gómez said that, “At the end of today’s sessions, all the law enforcement agencies in the country will implement the protocol for the investigation of torture, and the homologated protocol for the search for missing persons, and the investigation of the crime of the forced disappearance of persons.”
These protocols will allow, regardless of whether local or federal jurisdiction is involved, effective investigations into cases of enforced disappearance and torture, as well as the location of victims and harsher penalties for the perpetrators, he explained.
FEDERAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE ALLIES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COMBATING CRIME: MIGUEL ÁNGEL MANCERA
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa said that local governments and the federal government are allies in the field of law enforcement and fighting crime; “We have evidence of the positive results when we coordinate, when we combine our efforts to undertake a task.”
Mancera welcomed the readiness that exists among attorneys and prosecutors to work in coordination with the government, noting that, “While public security problems at the national level have different dimensions, it is our duty to stand firm and be coordinated, but also with constant innovation and absolute adherence to human rights, and of course due process.”
He repeated his confidence that the 33rd Plenary Assembly of the National Conference on Law Enforcement will help strengthen the common project to clearly punish the commission of crimes and reduce to a minimum and eventually, “Eradicate the impunity that harms Mexico.”