Due to the breach of the obligations in favor of people with disabilities, of the general recommendation 1/2018, the State Commission for Human Rights of Jalisco (CEDHJ) issued a new general recommendation to the 125 municipalities.
Alfonso Hernández Barrón, Ombudsman of the institution, reported that it is the result of the diagnosis of the 2018 recommendation on accessibility, inclusion, equality and non-discrimination of people with disabilities in the state of Jalisco, and the integration and resolution of complaints from this group of people and groups.
The follow-up to this recommendation revealed that although 98 municipalities accepted it, they have made minimal progress and, in some points of it, none. While 27 municipalities did not even speak out, such as Ixtlahuacán del Río, Ojuelos, San Cristóbal de la Barranca, San Juan de los Lagos and Tala.
Thus, “this ombudsman’s office filed a complaint against the 125 municipalities by omission and deficient actions for accessibility, inclusion, equality and non-discrimination of people with disabilities, “said Hernández Barrón.
To resolve the complaint, all municipalities were asked for a detailed report in which they answered 22 questions about actions carried out from 2018 to date to guarantee, protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities.
However, 51 municipalities did not attend to it and, of the 74 that did, 36 issued the report without evidence and only 38 complete.
“Cars have the obligation to promote, protect and guarantee the full rights of people with disabilities. Omissions and non-compliance with international and national mandates regarding planning, design and accessibility in their infrastructure and institutions are repeated,” added the ombudsman.
Given the lack of attention to this group of the population, municipalities were recommended to urgently implement actions to repair the integral damage of the group, which should include immediate and comprehensive attention to the actions of international indicators, such as the creation of a municipal regulation harmonized with international, national and state standards, a specialized area with a budget and a work plan with objectives, as well as the adaptation of infrastructure, among others.
“No municipality can say that it is fully complying with the obligations in favor of people with disabilities. They do not know the regulations and there is a lack of budget and awareness of their guidelines,” he said.
For his part, Elias Manuel Camargo Cárdenas, president of the CEDH of Baja California Sur and of the Government Commission of the Independent National Monitoring Mechanism of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, shared that next Friday, December 3, there will be a meeting of work where a general recommendation in this matter will be presented to the three federal, state and municipal powers, as well as to the President.
“Governments do not have to skimp on resources so that our rights are guaranteed,” he said. Following the presentation, next year they will formally issue this general recommendation to Mexico.