Thursday, February 03, 2011

• The last 48 hours devastating for women in the state of Chihuahua

• The last 48 hours devastating for women in the state of Chihuahua.

• Organizations call for immediate and effective actions by the federal and state government of Chihuahua, including a gender alert for Chihuahua
On January 30, 2011, 16 year old Karin Ibeth Ibarr Soria was attacked by uniformed members of the federal police in Villas de Salvacar en Juarez. A few hours later, she died. "This could not have been a stray bullet. Six shots against an unarmed, defenseless 16 year old is by all standards an attack immeasurably illegal and unjustifiable" said Lucha Castro, coordinator of the Center for Human Rights of Women (CEDEHM).
The organizations believe that this is not an isolated occurrence. According to official information obtained by CEDEHM, through the law of transparency and access to public information, en only 14 months, citizens presented 1,017 complaints of abuse by the military and federal police in Juarez. That is approximately 1 complaint every 9 hours. The majority of these complaints of abuse and violation of human rightsagainst citizens are not adequately investigated and those responsible are not sanctioned. Almost half of the complaints were made by women and youth who are the most vulnerable.

The same day that Karina was attacked, in the town of Santa Isabel, a drunk man threatened Maria del Refugio Nevárez Villalobos with death. She is the only police officer of the town. Next, he intentionally ran over her, dragging her 75 meters. The local media reported that the body was completely destroyed and that "at the crime scene, there remain the drag marks, blood and pieces of the cell phone that Nevárez Villalobos was carrying along with a sole of her shoe."

On January 31, a woman employed by the Diario of Juarez and a spokeswoman for the paper PM was killed in the center of Juarez, while she was resting in a truck that bore the logo of the newspaper. The men shot her until her clothes burned.
The same day, close to Parral Chihuahua, three young women that had been reported missing were found decapitated. The bodies of the three young women show signs of torture. Those responsible for this triple homicide have not been punished.
Nor have the authorities released information on the actions they took to look for the three young women, nor if they activated the Alba Protocol to look for missing women in compliance with the dictate of the Inter-american Court of Human Rights in the "Cotton field" case.

In accordance with the public data of Justicia para Nuestras Hijas, which you can find on their web page, last year, a historic high number of 446 feminicides were registered in the state. That is one every 20 hours. However, in January of 2011, there were 29 feminicides, an increase of 7.25% in comparison with January, 2010 with 25 registered feminicides.

Justice for Our Daughters, the Center for Human Rights of Women, the Commission of Solidarity and Defense of Human Rights, Paso del Norte consider that in this climate of immeasurable violence against women and girls en the state of Chihuahua, it is urgent to declare a gender alert; to carry out concrete and coordinated actions to bring those responsible to justice; and to implement effective programs with a gendered perspective to diminish the grave risk to the women and girls of Chihuahua.
For more information:

Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres (CEDEHM). Tel. (614)
Justicia para Nuestras Hijas. Tel. (614) Twt: /
Comisión de Solidaridad y defensa de los Derechos Humanos A.C (COSYDDHAC). Tel (614) 410-77-55.
Centro de Derechos Humanos Paso del Norte A.C. Tel. (656) 331 95 00 /


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