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Olivares Alonso: Not a Single Conviction in Mexico for Gender-Based Violence

Emir Olivares Alonso - La Jornada
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June 18, 2013

Even though laws have been passed in Mexico enabling women to live free of violence, the State still does not guarantee full rights for them, so that until now there has not been a single person convicted of gender-based violence.

Soledad Murillo de la Vega, a former member of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at the United Nations and director of the Equality Unit at the University of Salamanca in Spain, affirmed that there is an intention within Mexico to advance in the defense of women’s rights.

Still, she said, in order to achieve this goal it is urgent to have convictions against those who abuse women, as well as define the crime of disappearance with a serious penalty, which were two of the central requirements covering the rights of women in Mexico established in 2012 by CEDAW during its last review of the state.

Read the rest at Mexico Voices

Translated by Samantha Lisk

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