Mexico’s new International Treaties law for immediate protection

“So beautiful that it even has a woman's name”

Mexico’s new International Treaties law for immediate protectionCourtesy Presidency
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This morning the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, announced a law that was approved by Congress after two a year battle.

This announcement was made at 11:00a.m. at the National Palace Reception Hall and was aired live on the official presidential website.

Prior to the publication of this new law, Peña Nieto said: "With this, all human rights in Mexico that are established in the international treaties will be seen as immediate protection."

In 1999 the Minister Juan N. Silva Meza led a commission of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) and analyzed the Act. In late 2000 the ex-president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, also looked for this proposal to be taken into account. And although this law has now been approved, many consider that it has been long overdue.

The “Juicio de Amparo” as it’s referred to in Mexico; it is the only instrument that protects citizens from arbitrary acts of authority. But now with this new law, it may promote not only constitutional violations, but also violations of the rights that are established under international treaties.

Professor Jose Alfredo Martinez Moreno from the Autonomous University of Baja California shared his point of view and said: "It was a necessary reform and as far as in the protection of fundamental rights, it is a huge breakthrough in our system."

"This type of defense is so beautiful that it even has a woman's name (Amparo)," said Ignacio Burgoa Orihuela.

This subject that fascinates a lawyer is also considered as an important resource in this profession.

Joy.Ruvalcaba@sandiegored.com

Omar.Martinez@sandiegored.com

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