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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Mexico (CRC 03-07-2015)
The Committee considered the combined fourth and fifth periodic reports of Mexico (CRC/C/MEX/4–5) at its 1988th and 1990th meetings (see CRC/C/SR.1988 and 1990), held on 19 and 20 May 2015, and adopted the following concluding observations at its 2024th meeting (see CRC/C/SR.2024), held on 5 June 2015.
B. General principles (arts. 2–3, 6 and 12 of the Convention)
15. While taking note of the National Programme for Equality and Non-Discrimination (2014–2018), the Committee is concerned about the prevalence of discrimination against indigenous, Afro-Mexican and migrant children, children with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children, children in street situations and children living in poverty and in rural areas.
16. The Committee recommends that the State party:
(a) Adopt a road map that includes adequate resources, a timeline and measurable targets requiring authorities at the federal, state and local levels to take measures, including affirmative measures, to prevent and eliminate all forms of de facto discrimination against indigenous, Afro-Mexican and migrant children, children with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children, children in street situations and children living in poverty and in rural areas;
(b) Ensure that the authorities, civil servants, the media, teachers, children and the general public are sensitized to the negative impact of stereotypes on children’s rights and take all necessary measures to prevent these negative stereotypes, notably by encouraging the media to adopt codes of conduct;
(c) Facilitate child-friendly complaint mechanisms in educational establishments, health centres, juvenile detention centres, alternative-care institutions and any other setting and ensure that perpetrators of discrimination are adequately sanctioned.