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Cablegate: Mexican Summary of Meeting On Mexican Hr Initiative

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E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: Mexican Summary of Meeting on Mexican HR Initiative

REF: A) Lima 698

Sensitive but Unclassified. Please handle accordingly.

1. (SBU) Post transmits verbatim text received from the
Peruvian Foreign Affairs Ministry of a summary, prepared by
the Mexican Foreign Ministry, of the GRULAC working meeting
in Mexico regarding Mexico's proposal to develop an informal
mechanism for cooperation among GRULAC countries on human
rights issues. Text begins:

2. (SBU) Informal Mechanism for Cooperation and
Consultation in the Area of Human Rights

Report of Work Meeting
Mexico City
January 24-25, 2005

High level governmental representatives of Latin American
and Caribbean countries met in Mexico City on January 24-25,
2005 in order to discuss the implementation of an informal
mechanism for regional consultation and cooperation in
matters of human rights, based on the following criteria:

I. Goals

A. To contribute to national efforts to promote and protect
human rights;

B. To strengthen regional coordination in international
forums in matters of human rights.

II. Principles

A. To acknowledge and respect national idiosyncrasies, as
well as the various historical, cultural and religious
patrimony of each one of our countries.

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B. To avoid becoming a mechanism to supervise, monitor or
evaluate any specific country.

C. To seek cooperation and coordination in matters deemed
appropriate by the governments.

D. To include and be open to all countries in the region.

E. To avoid substituting and duplicating existing mechanisms
and efforts, and to offer support to strengthen them.

F. To reaffirm the universality, indivisibility and
interdependence of all human rights, as well as the
universality, objectivity and non-selectivity of the
analysis of the issues related to them (Vienna Declaration).

III. Domestic Policies in the Area of Human Rights

Goal: To promote the exchange of information on good
practices, including experiences and international, regional
and bilateral cooperation in human rights, in areas such as:

A. Interagency coordination to implement public policies and
fulfillment of international obligations on human rights:

1. Coordination mechanisms among central and local

2. Consultation and Participation resources for civil

3. Domestic coordination practices and arrangements to
insure compliance with international obligations

B. Norms and public policies:

1. Legislative measures in the area of human rights

2. Domestic human rights programs (including specific plans
in the area of education and non discrimination, among

3. Legislation and public policies in: Non-discrimination;
Violence against women; Children; Handicapped persons;
Trafficking in Persons; Migrants; Indigenous population;
Indemnifying damages

C. Civilian and Political Rights (administration of
justice): Fight against torture; Justice for minors; Prison

D. Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

F. Possible international, regional and bilateral
cooperation in the area of human rights:

1. Exchange of information and experiences on cooperation
with international mechanisms in:
a. Submitting periodical reports on the application of
international treaties

b. Visits by international mechanisms of protection and
representatives of international organizations of human

c. Litigation and negotiation

2. Cooperation with relevant agencies, funds and programs of
the United Nations and other international organizations

3. Cooperation in the area of education and training in
human rights

IV. Regional Coordination in International Forums
Purpose: To Foster informal consultations for the exchange
of information on human rights stands, in order to
coordinate and strengthen GRULAC's actions.

A. Discussion on common elements for the Reform of the UN's
Human Rights Commission (HRC).

B. Coordination of consultations in the periods of sessions
of the HRC, upon the summoning of the country in charge of
GRULAC's coordination.

V. Activities for 2005
Based on the issues mentioned above, a discussion was held
about carrying out the following activities in the year

A. Creation of an informal network of focal points of
contact in the member countries' Chanceries to insure a
smooth and prompt communication, exchange of information and
coordination of activities.

B. Mexico, as GRULAC Coordinator for the 61 HRC (March 14-
April 22, 2005), will summon and coordinate informal
consultations among countries belonging to the Group.

C. Exchange of information on experiences and good

D. To carry out informal consultations as necessary,
preferably along with multilateral meetings on human rights.

E. The conducting of one or two regional seminars. The
possibility of carrying out seminars on the following topics
was mentioned, while additional proposals are awaited: the
fight against torture; trafficking in persons; violence
against women, domestic Programs in the area of Human Rights

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