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Establishing Crimes of Femicide and Homophobia is Urgent - Commission Against Discrimination

Elizabeth Velasco C. - La Jornada
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March 19, 2013

It is urgent that Mexican states that do not yet consider the crime of femicide and homophobic crimes approve such laws and review and reform the mechanisms that transfer the blame to the victim, as in the case of rape, and aquittal for the crime of rape for unjustified reasons, says the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (Conapred).

In the document, 'Equality for Women: Ensuring Access to All Their Human Rights', the Council warns that it has detected that the courts generally impose penalties 25 percent more serious for women than men, which "is alarming".

It is also necessary to draw attention to the way in which the police, prosecutors and courts revictimize women suffering rape and kidnapping. In such cases "prejudices are again imposed to justify neglect by the authorities when a woman and her family are blamed for the tragedy that was suffered."

In the study, which refers to the recently released Report on Discrimination in Mexico 2012, and its chapter on the criminal justice process, it explains that there is a permissive environment created by impunity and the lack of importance that institutions give to the life and physical integrity of women. This has led to the perpetuation of gender crimes and exacerbated the structural conditions of violence in the country.

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