Photo: Mex. President Felipe Calderon
Wednesday, Mexico’s president Felipe Calderon signed into law a measure to ensure those seeking refugee status and political asylum in Mexico are handled in accordance with international agreements.
With input from local and international organizations, the law was created to take into account “the model legislation of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees,” said Calderon.
The law states that Mexico will not send asylum seekers anywhere that may risk the applicants’ life or liberty. During the signing ceremony in Mexico City, Calderon said refugee applications will be considered from anyone with a fear of persecution for their “race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinions,” and added that gender persecution would also be grounds to seek asylum.
Also included in the new law is the provision that true refugees and asylum seekers are protected from be prosecuted for unlawful entry into the country. The law ensures the refugees a treatment with dignity and services such as education and health.
The law also protects those people who do not enter Mexico as refugees, but face dangers when returning to their country of origin.