Urgent need to implement an inclusive care system: INFO CDMX

Urgent need to implement an inclusive care system: INFO CDMX
Urgent need to implement an inclusive care system: INFO CDMX

MEXICO CITY, July 8, (CDMX MAGAZINE). –The Citizen Commissioner of the Institute for Transparency, Access to Public Information, Protection of Personal Data and Accountability of Mexico City (INFO CDMX), María del Carmen Nava Polina, said that it is urgent to implement an inclusive care system.

The above, to address the needs of people with disabilities and their immediate surroundings to ensure their full inclusion and participation in social life.

When positioning in the twenty-fourth Ordinary Session of the Plenary of the local guarantor body the review appeal INFOCDMX/RR.IP.2763/2024 –presented against the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City (FGJCDMX)– Nava Polina stated that a person requested information on compliance with the fourth point and that he states the following:

“Recommendation 15/2016 issued by the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City (CDHCM), which establishes that the staff of the Pedagogical Center for Child Development of the Prosecutor’s Office must receive training on caring for girls and boys with disabilities, with a focus on human rights.”

In a first response, the FGJCDMX stated that it did not have the authority to respond to the request and indicated that the CDHCM was in charge of it, which is why the person complained to the capital’s Transparency Institute arguing that the response was incomplete, since he considered that the Prosecutor’s Office could respond on the status of compliance with the recommendation.

The commissioner explained that during the case study process, the obligated party issued a complementary response in which it provided additional information demonstrating that the training was carried out and provided details on how said recommendation is implemented.

He added that during the analysis carried out by the committee under his charge, it was found that the person’s complaint was valid, since in his request he sought to understand the specific compliance with the aforementioned recommendation.

The initial response from the Prosecutor’s Office, he said, did not fully address the request by omitting details about the implementation and status of the recommended training. However, with the complementary response issued during the review process, the initial request was satisfactorily addressed.

She pointed out that Recommendation 15/2016 of the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City is of great importance because it addresses the right to education under conditions of equality and non-discrimination for minors with disabilities.

“Transparency in how these cases are addressed and resolved is vital for accountability. Knowing how and in what way the recommendations of human rights organizations are fulfilled strengthens trust in institutions and promotes a culture of rights,” she said.

She continued: “Beyond addressing a specific case, the recommendation is aimed at protecting the rights of minors with disabilities so that they can access education under conditions of equality and non-discrimination. Data from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicate that in Latin America there are more than 19 million girls and boys with disabilities, and 7 out of 10 of them do not attend school.

“Nationally, more than 6.6 million people live with some form of disability, while in Mexico City, 1.7 million, or 18.5% of the population, are in this situation.”

Furthermore, the data also reflect that this important sector of society does not have the conditions to fully exercise its rights; for example, the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) reported in 2018 that 80,628 people with disabilities of school age do not attend school, resulting in an educational gap approximately four times greater than that of people without disabilities.

“We were interested in highlighting this case because of the importance of transparency and accountability in the implementation of recommendations on human rights, especially those involving people in vulnerable situations such as children with disabilities,” she concluded.

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