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Lawsuit blames Mexican government for Juarez femicides

Greg Harman
gharman@sacurrent.com

A collection of legal and human rights organizations are suing the Mexican government before an international court for failing to adequately investigate the torture and killings of women in Ciudad Juarez.

It is thought that more than 500 women have been killed in Juarez since 1993.
The lawsuit before the Inter-American Court on Human Rights blames on the federal government for failing to prevent the kidnapping, torture, and killing of eight women, specifically, whose bodies were found in November, 2001. All displaying clear signs of torture.

The groups bringing the lawsuit include the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and the Committee of Latin America for the Defense of the Rights of Women, among others.

Ariel Dulitzky, a University of Texas professor and legal advisor to the groups bringing the lawsuit, said the complaint alleges the locals and state police didn’t maintain crime scenes properly and didn’t identify the bodies until six and seven years later.

“At least in one case there are some allegations that the judicial police could have some connection, but that was never investigated,” Dulitzky said. “We are not arguing whether or not there are state officers involved in the killings of the women, what we are saying is we don’t know because the prosecutors are not investigating these crimes.”

Three arrests were made, including one man who was linked to one of the killings. However, one of two men arrested in 2005 was released and the other died in prison after being tortured, Dulitzky said.

“Today, seven years later, there is nobody being prosecuted for these killings,” Dulitzky said.

He expects the case to be decided by September or November of this year.

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[More from Amnesty International on Juarez femicides.]


Posted by gharman on 5/5/2009 2:33:21 PM
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