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THE COUNTRY’S STANCE TOWARD THE UN COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

Mexico subscribed to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. In 2014, the Committee on the Rights of the Child examined the 2012 report of Mexico and concluded that more effort is needed with regard to the prevention of bullying and how to reinforce child development in a context of violence, poverty, and poor distribution of wealth. The report also emphasized the need to focus on children under the age of 5.[1] It also mentioned that the new law on juvenile justice was not fully in line with the provisions of the convention in terms of the definition and length of pretrial detention of juveniles.

Mexico’s UN delegation responded to these criticisms assuring that the Senate was working on adopting a uniform law on juvenile justice to ensure a comprehensive justice system applicable to children aged 12-18 years of age. Likewise, that the new justice of juveniles would be oral and adversarial, involving hearings and aiming to rehabilitate and reintegrate the offenders to society.

  • [1] The full report can be downloaded here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/ Download.aspx?symbolno=CRC/C/MEX/4-5&Lang=en. The news media summary can be downloaded here: http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews. aspx?NewsID=15986&LangID=E.
 
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