The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity expects that Mexico's next administration will "be more sensitive" to the pain of victims of crime and violence than President Felipe Calderon, who has failed to keep his promises, activist and poet Javier Sicilia said.
Calderon's failure to keep his promises to victims is a "betrayal" and shows lack of goodwill and understanding on the part of the president, Sicilia said.
Calderon did not keep "any" of his promises, Sicilia, who founded the movement, said.
Among the promises not kept by Calderon was a vow to enact the General Law on Victims, which the president returned to Congress with a series of objections, and a pledge to start the demilitarization of Mexico's war on drugs, Sicilia said.
The federal government has also failed to start the national victims' registry and to build a memorial to victims of violence in the Chapultepec Forest that would include the names of the dead, Sicilia said.
The $1.7 million monument planned by the government for a section of the Campo Marte military base, on one side of the Los Pinos presidential residence, is a "sculpture" on violence and not a memorial, the activist said.
"The president has not wanted to understand and has not understood what the memorial is ... he has reduced it and cut it down, and we consider that a betrayal," Sicilia said.
Some 70,000 people have become victims of violence in Mexico, with many of them being innocent civilians, the human rights activist said.
Sicilia became a human rights activist in the wake of his son's murder last year.
The poet's 24-year-old son, Juan Francisco, and six other young men were murdered by the violent Pacifico Sur drug cartel in the central state of Morelos on March 27, 2011.
Juan Francisco's killing led Sicilia to stop writing and dedicate himself full-time to working for peace so other parents will not have to feel his pain.
"We do not feel that we have any support. Our pain is great, our impotence is great and what we want is justice with dignity," another activist, Maria Herrera, said.
Sicilia said the movement proposed building the memorial in the Chapultepec Forest, but the government refused.
The government set construction at Campo Marte as a condition and wants the monument finished by Nov. 30 so Calderon can inaugurate it before his term ends, Sicilia said.
The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity will build its own memorial, Sicilia said, adding that the dispute was "just another example of Calderon's lack of a word and betrayals."
Emilio Alvarez Icaza, another member of the movement, said he hoped the next administration would fulfill the government's obligations to victims of violence.
The movement has already had contacts with the team of Enrique Peña Nieto, who will be sworn in as Mexico's next president on Dec. 1 if the federal electoral court certifies his win in last month's presidential election, Alvarez Icaza said.
Peña Nieto's victory is being challenged by the left, which alleges that the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, engaged in massive vote-buying.
The PRI, which governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000, lost two consecutive presidential elections to the conservative National Action Party, or PAN.
The next administration, regardless of party or ideology, "will have to deal with and defend the victims" of violence and "promote human rights," Alvarez Icaza said.
The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity has been calling for a change in Mexico's security strategy and more attention to the suffering of victims.
Sicilia organized the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, traveling across Mexico to spread his message of peace.
The organization staged two caravans - one in northern Mexico and the other in the southern part of the country - to gather testimony from victims of violence and push for a law to protect them. EFE