One in five Mexicans has faced discriminated during 2017, according to a recently released report piloted by the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED), the Statistics and Geography National Institute (INEGI) and the Mexican Autonomous National University (UNAM).
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This is the first time the topic has been researched in-depth, and the study aims to find the magnitude and scale of the problem while attempting to develop policies for a fairer society.
The main characteristics on which Mexicans are discriminated against are their looks, their gender, their religion, their social class, their ethnicity and a disability. The people discriminated see their rights limited and are excluded from basic services such as housing, education or health.
They also experienced the denial of other rights and other kinds of violence, such as not being allowed to enter government offices, banks, malls or business; not receiving aid from social programs; being denied of the opportunity of studying; being denied promotions at work, or not being hired; not having credit opportunities.
Luis Raul Gonzalez, president of the Human Rights National Commission (CNDH) highlighted that this instrument will allow the Mexican State to meet their international obligations.