Human rights activists marched in Washington to the Mexican Embassy this weekend to demand justice for over 370 women who have been victims of serial killings in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The leader of the march, a mother of one of the victims, stated that she has been harassed and threatened by the Mexican government for speaking out against the murders, reports Reuters.
According to Reuters, human rights groups are accusing the Mexican authorities of responding to the murders incompetently. In a report issued by Amnesty International, 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. 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.
Responding to accusations from human rights groups, members of Congress, and families of victims, Mexico's President Vicente Fox recently stated that he has no evidence of corruption or incompetence in investigations of the killings of women in Jaurez, reports the Washington Post.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .