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OHCHR in Mexico (2006-2007)


Background

 
Following an official invitation of the Mexican Government, OHCHR signed an Agreement in July 2002 in order to establish an OHCHR Office in the country. Later on that year, Mexico 's Senate ratified the Agreement and the Office was formally established. In 2003, OHCHR conducted an in-depth assessment and diagnosis of the country's human rights situation, identifying the main obstacles to the full integration of international human rights standards into domestic legislation, and to the implementation of recommendations made by international human rights mechanisms. OHCHR, then, assisted the Government in elaborating a new National Programme on Human Rights largely based on the results of the assessment.
 

2006-2007 Programme

 
For the period 2006-2007 OHCHR Mexico aims at implementing an integrated strategy consistent with the Plan of Action and the Strategic Management Plan of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The promotion and dissemination strategy of the office is focusing on the organization of training seminars, workshops and forums on the prevention and fight against torture as well as the rights of indigenous people. The results of specialized research and conferences will promote the debate on various issues and also enhance the knowledge of human rights among all actors. Collaboration agreements with the main universities and research centers will be concluded to support the elaboration of dissemination materials on relevant national and international norms and jurisprudence. A dissemination strategy with public information will increase knowledge of the mandate of the Office. The multicultural character of the country requires that alternate dissemination methods in indigenous languages be considered when appropriate. The work of OHCHR Mexico focuses on the states members of the Mexican Union. Collaboration arrangements in at least four states will be made between federal and state entities and civil society. The objective of these arrangements is to promote the elaboration of state-level diagnosis and human rights plans of action based on broad civil society participation. The Office also reports on the implementation of the recommendations stemming from the diagnosis, and also elaborates thematic and general reports to contribute to public awareness of the human rights situation in Mexico . The Office also participates in the Evaluation and Follow-up Committee of the National Human Rights Programme. The Office is developing a thematic focus on the situation of human rights of women, indigenous peoples, journalists and human rights defenders in general. At the normative level, the Office supports the debate about a constitutional reform in Mexico to ensure that international human rights norms are duly incorporated into national legislation. Compliance with recommendations made by the various United Nations bodies and special mechanisms to Mexico will be encouraged and supported, and so will be the harmonization of state-level legislation with international standards. The Office also strengthens its work to assist the United Nations system in Mexico to mainstream human rights in its programmes and activities. For that purpose, the Office assists in the elaboration of materials and delivers specialized advice as well as basic and advanced training courses to United Nations staff with programming responsibilities. Training courses may also be organized on specific rights (to health, education, etc.) for those specialized agencies interested. Finally, the Office will actively participate in the elaboration by the UN system of the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) with a human rights perspective.

Expected Accomplishments

 
There are four main results that OHCHR expects to accomplish. The State and civil society have better knowledge of human rights. The State and the organized civil society have increased and strengthened response capacity in regard to promotion, protection, and guarantee of human rights. The commitments of the Federation and of the Federative Entities (states) have been increased in reference to their obligations to guarantee protection and respect for human rights The United Nations system in Mexico has the necessary knowledge and tools to introduce the human rights theme in its actions and programming.

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Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division
Geneva, Switzerland

Americas Section
Tel. + 41 22 928 9167
Geneva, Switzerland
 
Field

Head of the Office
Tel. (52 55) 5061 6350
Mexico D.F., Mexico
Email: oacnudh@hchr.org.mx

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