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State Violence Against Detained Women in Mexico

OMCT, 2006

The abuse of women during the police operations last May in San Salvador Atenco, which we document in this alternative report, demonstrates the gender-based violence that the Mexican State and its agents are capable of, using the justification of reestablishing the rule of law and social peace. This situation is not unique, but rather demonstrates a pattern of violence against women that is carried out by the Mexican State and enjoys total impunity. There are other similar cases of State violence against women, including those documented by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) (46 pages, .pdf, for historical reference)

Updated August 24, 2006.