Experts ask to improve the rights of people with disabilities in Mexico
In Mexico City it is necessary to reform the civil code to ensure that people with disabilities are recognized as subjects of rights and to improve the legal scaffolding of the Comprehensive Care System, said on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, several specialists. During the presentation of the campaign "So I am, people with disabilities," the deputy Temístocles Villanueva said it is necessary to maintain the commitment of the local Congress to expand the rights of people with disabilities.
The president of the human rights commission of the local congress said that, among other things, it intends to eliminate interdiction trials. This is a judicial process in which a person asks to declare a family member incapable of making decisions and appoint a guardian in order to guarantee a dignified life and administer the assets that they have if they exist.
These trials, he said, contravene the constitution of the Mexican capital, which establishes the rights of persons with disabilities and the obligation of the authorities to ensure decision-making and respect for the will of these people.
Deputy Jorge Gaviño noted that in Mexico 6.4% of people living with disabilities, however, has failed to make visible this condition since childhood. He noted that this is a sector of society that is forgotten and stressed that Mexico City remains unfriendly to people with disabilities. He expressed that, for example, in transport systems such as the metro, only 25% of the infrastructure has ramps, elevators, and escalators "which is undoubtedly a type of discrimination."
He said that it is necessary to legislate and inculcate respect "in order to combat discrimination". In that sense, Juventino Jiménez, a member of the civil association Punto Seis and suffering from a visual disability, said that "it is necessary that the same rights be guaranteed in the city as for all others." He explained that it continues to be a non-inclusive city "and it is not just about ramps, there is a need for training to the public sector, that there is accessibility to support teachers, in schools and raising awareness among parents".
Meanwhile, Geraldina González de la Vega, president of the Council to Prevent and Eliminate Discrimination in Mexico City (Copred), said that it is necessary "to take the flag of inclusion and visibility." He noted that these people are an invisible group so he called on society to have "an active attitude and make complaints when they witness acts of discrimination" González de la Vega said that, in addition, women with disabilities are the population more vulnerable and therefore we must pay special attention to them.
Finally, he reaffirmed the commitment of the organization is to be part of the construction of an inclusive city "and that we all learn to contemplate the perspective of people with disabilities" in order to achieve full and effective access to all their rights.