UN Accuses Mexican Government of Grave Women’s Rights Violations

The United Nations conducted its first inquiry into the hundreds of cases of missing and murdered women in Juarez Mexico over the past decade and accused the Mexican government of committing grave and systematic violations of the rights of women for failing to solve the killings.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women states that the environment in Mexico is “an environment where gender-based discrimination is widespread and systematic and where violence against women seems to be regarded as a normal or acceptable fact,” reports the Associated Press.

While the Mexican government did acknowledge that the murders “constitute a breach of women’s human rights,” it attempted to justify the murders by placing the blame on “entrenched cultural patterns of discrimination,” reports Reuters. Human rights and women’s rights groups have been accusing the Mexican authorities of responding to the murders incompetently and of failing to take the necessary actions to investigate the abductions and brutal murders of women and girls in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico.

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Reuters 1/26/05; Associated Press 1/27/05; UN News Service 1/27/05

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