The future administration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will promote a constitutional reform to recognize and implement Indigenous rights and finally respect the San Andres Agreements signed by the government and the National Zapatista Liberation Army (EZLN) in 1996.
The announcement was made by the lawyer and Indigenous rights defender Adelfo Regino Montes, who was appointed by AMLO as the head of the Indigenous affairs office.
The overall plan is aimed at respecting the rights of Indigenous people of Mexico and increasing their participation in public policies. It includes:
1. Development of a comprehensive regional development plan.
2. Creation of a new organism to look after Indigenous issues.
3. Transversal compliance of rights.
4. New constitutional reform.
Adelfo Regino, an Indigenous Mixe, served as Secretary of Indigenous Affairs in Oaxaca from 2010 to 2016, when he resigned in protest due to the violent reaction of the state’s government towards the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) in Nochixtlan, San Pablo Huitzo and Oaxaca City.
He was appointed by Lopez Obrador to head a new institution to look after Indigenous rights, replacing the obsolete National Commission for the Development of the Indigenous People, which the president-elect says “doesn’t help the people at all.”
The new office will be part of the Social Development Ministry, to be headquartered in Oaxaca in an effort to decentralize the federal government.