Report: Govt. Fails to Investigate Women Killed in Juarez
Amnesty International issued a report asserting that Mexican police have failed to take the necessary actions to investigate the abductions and brutal murders of women and girls in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico. According to the report, there have been “"njustifiable delays in the initial investigations... and a failure to follow up evidence and witness statements which could be crucial." More over, "failure of the competent authorities to take action to investigate these crimes, whether through indifference, lack of will, negligence or inability, has been blatant over the last ten years," the document charged.
The majority of victims, usually workers at US-owned assembly plants and factories known as maquiladoras, were raped and strangled—their bodies left in the Chihuahua desert. Mother Jones stated that while Amnesty International is holding the Mexican government responsible for improving the investigations of the murders, other groups argue that the United States and Mexico should work together to solve these crimes because the murders are occurring in a region where American companies are benefiting from the labor of these women.
Amnesty has reported that over the last ten years approximately 370 women have been murdered, 137 of which were sexually assaulted prior to their death. Seventy-five bodies still not been identified.
Media Resources: Amnesty International report “Mexico: Intolerable Killings”; New York Times 8/11/2003, 8/12/2003; Mother Jones Daily Online 8/13/2003
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .