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Feb 17, 2017

Mexico’s Constitution Holds Up after 100 Years

Hugo Juarez Carrillo

The Mexican Constitution was created in the city of Queretaro and was widely acclaimed for its modern inclusion of a ‘bill of rights’ for the Mexican people. It has had a long shelf life, and has held up through many crises and a changing international landscape. Carrillo tells us that the Constitution is the Mexican people’s guarantee of a honest and efficient government that works for the benefit of all. It is treated as a solemn and respected document, but also a living one.


Hugo Juarez Carrillo, Counselor, Mexican Embassy in Belize

“A hundred years ago, on February the fifth, a group of Mexicans published the Mexican Constitution that is the basic law of Mexico to this day. This Constitution was the most modern document of its type when it was issued in 1917, because it included not only the organic part of the Constitution – the powers and what the powers could do and could not do – in that time, we added a dogmatic part regarding human rights, regarding the guarantees that the citizens of Mexico have. This is a live document, that we have modified several times, in order to make it modern and to be applicable in these days. And I can tell you that for us the Constitution is the basis of all the laws that we have in Mexico, and to protect specially the people of Mexico from the power and from each other, but in these days as you said that we have so many changes in the international field, it allows us to have very strict and clear principles about sovereignty and Independence.”

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