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December 14th, 2006

A gentle breeze blows within me. Would you like to take action? Here: "Stop Violence Against Women" @ 11:43 am

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Current Music: "Time for a cool change"

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I feel a peace wind blowing inside my heart.  A gentle wind of peace.  

I think sometimes when you want something very badly, you have to step
 away and let destiny take care of it.

Nothing can be forced and be expected to last.  As a person of color, 
I see that there is so much racism in the USA these days.  So much racism within Maine.

As a person who is definitly not rich, I really see there is a great deal of classism too.  

And yet I also realize (its my personal opinion) that the sexism that women face everyday is so much worse.

In my heart there is a wind blowing, a gentle wind of solidarity... to do all I can to help those who are suffering.

I always hear people say that they have trouble sleeping.  Yet, I sleep very well.  My heart is at peace because I know that as I work to help people, it is the right thing to do.

I look at the USA and I see how the victims of Hurricane Katrina were left to suffer, and I know 
that I must work to help in some way.

And so I keep trying to do whatever I can.

And I feel that gentle wind blowing.  And it is wonderful.

Love for the people,

-love2helpothers

p.s.

Below is an article about the women of Juarez that I feel I must publish:

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Public Statement

AI Index: AMR 41/012/2006 (Public)
News Service No: 044
20 February 2006


Mexico: Killings and abductions of women in Ciudad Juarez and the City of Chihuahua -
 the struggle for justice goes on
Amnesty International welcomes the publication of the concluding report of the Federal Special Prosecutor’s Office investigating the murders of women in Ciudad Juárez and the naming of a new Special Prosecutor, Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte, to lead the new national 
Special Prosecutor’s Office for violent crimes against women.

The organization particularly welcomes the official recognition in this fourth report that there was systemic failure to prevent and punish many of the crimes against women in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua state, during many years.

However, the organization has several concerns regarding the methodology and conclusions of Special Prosecutor’s Office, which is part of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (Procuraduría General de la República, PGR). In particular, despite continuing high rates of violence against women and impunity in Ciudad Juárez, the PGR appears to downplay the scale of the crimes committed against women and suggests that a “perception different from reality” has been created about the crimes by those seeking to highlight the crimes and impunity.

The basis for these conclusions is reportedly the technical legal (técnico-jurídico) review of the evidence contained in case files of the investigations undertaken by the local Chihuahua State Attorney General’s Office since 1993. However, this review has not largely involved full fresh investigations, with the re-interviewing of witnesses or gathering other new evidence.

Nevertheless, as a result of this review, 177 state officials were found to have been possibly responsible for negligence or omission in the original investigations. However, none of these officials has been brought to justice by the state authorities as the statute of limitations has been applied in their favour.

The PGR conclusions also appear to ignore the recommendations of international and national organizations, such as the government’s own Special Commission for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence against Women in Ciudad Juárez, to ensure that the crimes are analysed from a gender perspective, in order to determine the role the victim’s gender played in the motive and commission of the crime.

The PGR appears to have concluded that only those crimes involving sexual violence – approximately 20% of the 379 murders documented - amount to gender violence. Domestic violence appears not to be considered gender-based violence and also appears to be necessarily excluded from the category of sexual violence. Other murders are classified as resulting from social violence, a concept which appears to necessarily exclude, without explanation, the gender of the victim as a factor in the murder. Another element not given proper consideration is the role played by the climate of violence against women and impunity which may have facilitated the commission of crimes.

While Amnesty International welcomes the work of the PGR to review and systematize the case information, it has failed to transparently establish a gender sensitive methodology or facilitate access to case files in order that its work is open to impartial evaluation. As a result, the PGR review appears to have failed to overcome some of the deficiencies of the original investigations.

The report also argues that Mexico’s federal structure of government limits the PGR’s legal capacity to directly investigate cases or hold state authorities to account. However, even in the 24 cases where the PGR assumed direct jurisdiction, the report makes no mention of advances in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Furthermore, while Amnesty International recognises the restrictions of the national legal framework, these should not be used as an excuse to avoid responsibility as the Mexican State as a whole is responsible for enforcing its international human rights obligations.

Above all, the situation is Ciudad Juárez remains serious with at least 28 murders of women reported last year and continuing high levels of impunity, particularly for past cases. The PGR has not reviewed the cases that occurred in Chihuahua City nor has there been a systematic judicial re-examination of the cases of those accused or convicted of murders who allege they were tortured into signing false confessions. In this final report the PGR does not refer in substance to these allegations of torture or ill-treatment, highlighting Mexico’s longstanding failure to hold those responsible for such crimes accountable.

Amnesty International has always maintained that the pattern of violence against women and impunity in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City was of complex nature involving many different forms of crimes and perpetrators, with widespread institutional failings to prevent and punish those really responsible. The families of the victims have struggled tirelessly for justice and it’s through their efforts that national and international attention was finally drawn to the situation.

Background
In 2003 Amnesty International issued a report, Intolerable Killings: 10 years of abductions and murders of women in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua highlighting the pattern of killings and abductions of women in Ciudad Juárez and the City of Chihuahua. The report concluded that 370 women had been murdered in a variety of contexts, possibly a third of which indicted the sexual violence. Many of the half the cases have still not resulted in the perpetrators being brought justice and doubt remains about the soundness of judicial procedures given allegations of torture. The long running campaign for justice by families of the victims has been crucial to the limited progress so far achieved. 

The above article was found here:
 http://www.amnestyusa.org/countries/mexico/document.do?id=engamr410122006

More related info here:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1171962

 
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Would you like to take action?

 

Here is How to take action:

Stop Violence Against Women


Demand Justice for the Women and Girls of Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua, México

Write A Letter to the Editor


The early May passage by the United States House and Senate of Concurrent Resolutions on Juarez and Chihuahua was a great victory. Our next step is to publicize this victory and to highlight the need for Mexican authorities to take action. One way to do this is by submitting letters to the editor to make sure to get the word out about this important action by the U.S. Congress. (As this was a Concurrent Resolution, the President does not need to sign.)

Below are talking points that you might use in drafting a letter to the editor of your local paper to highlight the recent passage of the Congressional Resolutions on Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua. If your letter is published, consider faxing a copy of it to your elected officials to thank them, and also consider faxing one to the Mexican Embassy or Consulate near you to urge them to follow through on investigations and prosecutions for the murders and to protect the women and girls of Juarez and Chihuahua.

Talking points for a letter to the editor:

  • Violence against women, whether it occurs in this country or elsewhere in the world, is unacceptable.

  • I am writing to applaud the U.S. Congress. It has shown leadership this
    month by passing a unique resolution to help stop an epidemic of murders
    and kidnappings of women and girls in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, on
    the border of New Mexico and Texas. This resolution encourages authorities
    in Mexico to bring perpetrators to justice.

  • Amnesty International reports that more than 400 young women and girls
    have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua since 1993; at least
    137 of those women suffered some form of sexual torture before being killed (www.amnestyusa.org/juarez).

  • Congress has now unanimously called on the Secretary of State and
    the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico to take specific steps to ensure that
    addressing these horrendous murders becomes a part of the U.S.-Mexico
    bilateral agenda. This legislation reflects the broad sentiment of the US
    Congress and the US people that these brutal attacks against women
    are unacceptable.

  • In many of the murder and disappearance cases in Juarez and Chihuahua, the investigations were either mishandled or not carried out at all. While the appointment of a Special Federal Prosecutor for Ciudad Juarez was an important first step, this alone has had very little impact.

  • The United States Government, by passing its resolution, has called on the Mexican Government to work harder to solve the crimes and bring perpetrators to justice.

  • It’s everyone’s responsibility to oppose violence against women. I desire theMexican Government to bring justice and accountability to those who have attacked women in
    Mexico.

  • Name, City, State

<td style="PADDING-TOP: 0px" valign="bottom" width="25%" nowrap="nowrap" align="center"> </td> The above excerpt of a 'take action' tip was found here: http://www.amnestyusa.org/women/juarez/letter.html

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