To consider as discrimination the stigmatize and arbitrarily restrict the rights of people with symptoms or diagnosed with an airborne viral transmission diseasethe morenista deputy Nelly Minerva Carrasco Godínez presented an initiative to reform article 9 of the Federal Law to Prevent and Eliminate Discrimination.
The proposal also seeks to consider as discrimination arbitrarily restricting the exercise of rights and freedoms to any older person, and stigmatizing and inciting hatred or violence against any person, for the exercise of their profession or trade inside or outside their area. labor.
The initiative, sent to the Human Rights Commission, states that the State has the obligation to guarantee the enjoyment and exercise of human rights for all, regardless of whether they are older adults who have contracted a virus and have recovered, or that in the case of health personnel, they must carry out their profession on the front line in the face of a pandemic; on the contrary, their hard work should be recognized.
He mentions that with the arrival of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) in the country, in addition to causing infections and claiming thousands of lives, a phenomenon also arose that added to the complex social framework that developed in relation to the epidemic: It is about violence and discrimination against health personnel, people who were infected and older adults.
To the latter, addthey were forced to remain in confinement, even though they were not diagnosedregardless of their social and economic conditions. In the country, there are about 15.4 million people over 60 years of age. That is, “in no way is it a minor sector of the population.”
Carrasco Godínez argues that there were cases arising from the pandemic where older adults and people with disabilities lost their jobs, due to the stigma of their health status derived from their age or disability, violating their rights and freedoms.
The same, he adds, has happened with people who, even when they have a negative diagnosis of the virus, but for the simple fact of presenting similar symptoms, as well as with medical personnel who have had contact or not with patients infected with the virus, they have seen their human rights violated and, therefore, they have fallen into discrimination.
For this reason, it considers it essential for the State to adopt the necessary health measures that will effectively combat the disease, expand the situations and scenarios that can be considered discrimination in the Mexican legal system, avoid and eliminate the stigmatization of people due to their age, contagion or turn of their work activities.
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