Source: (2006) In Naomi Roht-Arriaza and Javier Mariezcurrena, Ed., Transitional Justice in the Twenty-First Century, Beyond Truth versus Justice. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press. Pg. 94-119.

"The gradual and prolonged transition to democratic rule has not automatically delivered respect for all human rights. However, it has produced some significant changes which have had an impact on the way that these rights are perceived by large sectors of society and in the government, especially at the federal level. Respect for human rights has become a legitimate political claim and is now widely perceived as an obligation of the government. This is certainly a far cry from the prevailing situation of just a few years ago, when political violence and systematic repression accounted for numerous cases of disappearances and extra-judicial executions, as well as the generalized use of torture and arbitrary detention of real or perceived political opponents." (excerpt)