Marisela Ortega Lozano / El Paso Times
Posted: 08/25/2011 04:33:25 AM MDT
As violence against women escalates in Juárez and Chihuahua state, Chihuahua prosecutors acknowledged the long struggle held in the region to claim women’s rights.
Chihuahua’s Attorney General Carlos Manuel Salas gathered Tuesday with members of a Mexican committee on femicides in México City to brief members of congress about the compliance of the rules set by Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.
“The truth is that 222 women had been killed in Chihuahua (in 2011),” Chihuahua’s General Attorney Carlos Manuel Salas said in a statement. “The fight to vindicate women’s rights has been painful and slow,” he said during the briefing.
According to Chihuahua prosecutors’ figures, of those 222 women murdered in that border state, 130 took place in Juárez and nearby border regions from January 2011.
In 2010, 270 women were killed in the state, and 247 of those murders took place in Juárez, prosecutors said.
Those murders stem from domestic violence, organized crime and gender crime, Salas said.
According to a press release, Salas spoke before the Mexican congress to fill them in about the measures taken by Chihuahua authorities in compliance with Inter-American Commission of Human Rights ruling.
On December 10, 2009, that international court found Mexico in violation of human rights conventions under the American Conventions Human Rights.
The court ordered Mexico to comply with a broad set of remedial measures including building a national memorial, to renew investigations and to compensate victims’ families named in the suit, according to the Center of Justice & Accountability, an international human rights organization based in San Francisco, California.
Some of the women killed in Juárez and Chihuahua had been shot to death, tortured, strangled and had been found tied up, gagged and their faces covered with plastic bags.