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Mexican Supreme Court and UNICEF sign agreement to promote child rights

MEXICO, 1 October 2003 – The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice and UNICEF yesterday signed an agreement of collaboration to promote respect for human rights, particularly the rights of children and adolescents, among judges, magistrates, officials of the judicial branch of government and society in general.

 The agreement sets a precedent for the Latin American community.  Upon signing the agreement,  Minister Olga Sánchez Cordero said the commitment would also help to combat problems of intrafamily violence and child prostitution.

 Minister Guillermo Ortíz Mayagoitia proposed that activities to promote child rights be incorporated into the programme “La Justicia va a la Escuela” (Justice goes to school), a Supreme Court initiative in primary schools.

 “This agreement places the Supreme Court on a very important cultural level, not only in its juridical activity, but also in its social and human-resource interactions,” he said.

 Yoriko Yasukawa, UNICEF Representative in Mexico, said that the signing of the agreement constitutes a message to Mexican society about giving due priority to child rights. “Children are not mere objects of charity, benevolence or good will; this agreement is about child rights, in the sense of establishing minimum conditions of well-being and human dignity that are established by law,” she said.
 With the signing of this agreement, she added, “Mexico sets an example for Latin America, and the world in general, in contributing to the formation of a culture in which all human beings – men and women, adults and children – have the same rights and are equal.”

 The Ministers Olga Sánchez Cordero y Guillermo Ortiz Mayagoitia signed the agreement on behalf of the Supreme Court, and Yoriko Yasukawa signed on behalf of UNICEF in Mexico. Ms. Yasukawa was accompanied by Catherine Langevin, Communication Officer, and Dilcya García, Programme Officer.

 UNICEF and the Supreme Court will jointly undertake academic activities and other actions to promote the objectives established in the agreement.

 Activities will be carried out within the national and international legal framework in defense of human rights, including forums, diploma programmes, seminars and courses in order to promote a dialogue of ideas and reflections on the theme.

 The framework of the agreement also includes the editing and publication of academic texts and juridical research for judges, lawyers and all persons working towards the realization of human rights in Mexico.


For more information please contact:

tel.: 5202-3233, ext. 203 and 207
e-mail: msayrols@unicef.org.




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