The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Mexico has pledged to respect and guarantee the right to equality and non-discrimination for all and has signed several international treaties to that effect.

Consistent with this, Article 1 of our Constitution bans all forms of discrimination, whether motivated by ethnicity, gender, age, disability, social status, religion, preferences or any reason that infringes on personal dignity, with the goal of protecting full respect for fundamental human rights.

October 19 is National Anti-Discrimination Day to commemorate the historical deed of Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, who—understanding the economic, social, political and cultural changes occurring in the world—abolished slavery in 1810, proclaiming the freedom of all people and the principles of equality and justice, in order to be consistent with the fundamental rights of society of that time.

While discrimination continues to exist through treating a person or group of persons unfairly or with contempt, Mexico will continue to work to eliminate it in order to ensure respectful, fair and equal treatment for all.