Mexican president announces new asylum law

16:13, January 27, 2011      

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon Wednesday signed the Law on Refugees and Complementary Protection which brought Mexico's handling of refugee and political asylum into line with international agreements.

Mexico contributes to the international security, by offering a law giving certainty to the processes of those people who request asylum, Calderon said during the signing ceremony at the presidential house of Los Pinos.

From now on, Mexico will consider applications for refugee status from any person being persecuted for his or her ethnic origin, religion, nationality, gender or membership in a particular social group.

The Law also protects those people who do not enter Mexico as refugees, but face dangers when returning to their country of origin.

According to Calderon, with this Law, for the first time Mexico has a specific legal body for the refugees in line with international agreements.

The law ensures the refugees a treatment with dignity and services such as education and health, he said.

The refugees in Mexico are protected under the principle of equality established in the Mexican Constitution, so they have a right to work, access to health care and education, he added.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Mexico Fernando Protti, representative of the UN Development Program Magdy Martinez also attended the ceremony.

Source: Xinhua

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