Mexico City. In the forum, The International Decade for Afro-descendants 2015-2024: A Mid-Way Review, the president of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), Rosario Piedra Ibarra, called for respecting the guarantees of this population in Mexico.
He pointed out that even though since 2019 the Constitution has already recognized indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples and communities as part of the multicultural composition of the nation, “much remains to be done so that said mandate is translated into public policies and operating rules. that allows them to achieve better living conditions ”.
He recalled that in the country, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), there are more than 2.5 million people of African descent, that is, they are 2 percent of the total population.
Piedra Ibarra stressed that this is a key moment for the authorities to carry out productive, entrepreneurial, and business projects that benefit Afro-descendant people living in the country and generate strategies to guarantee their rights of access to justice, employment, health, housing, and land ownership.
In his turn, the former member of the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination of the United Nations (UN), Pastor Elías Murillo, called on national human rights institutions to assume a leading role in the international crusade to eradicate the racism that is accentuated by the concurrence of phenomena such as large-scale migration and natural disasters, as well as the impact of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, which marginalizes people of African descent in issues such as security and access to bank loans.
For her part, Senator María Celeste Sánchez Sugía affirmed that the country has a historical debt in meeting the demands of this population group, for which she added to the call to join forces to eliminate racism and recognize them as subjects of rights.