… Call to End Murders of Women in Mexico Now

Received by mail:

From: “Tamaryn Nelson of WITNESS
Date: 24/08/2007
and published on ‘democracy in action.org‘ on August 25, 2007.

Dear Heidi, Artists Peter Gabriel, Gael García Bernal, and Diego Luna are urging Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón to solve the brutal murders of hundreds of young women and girls along the U.S. – Mexico border, once and for all. Add your voice to this campaign by taking action now.

Since 1993, over 400 women and girls have been violently killed and thousands have disappeared in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua, Mexico. Under fire for their inability to solve these crimes, the police have tortured people to confess to the murders. “Dual Injustice,” the video co-produced by WITNESS and the Comisión Mexicana (CMDPDH), tells the story of Neyra Cervantes, who disappeared in 2003, and her cousin, David Meza, who was tortured to confess to her murder. The video played a pivotal role in the campaign that led to David’s release from prison in June 2006.

Yet, Neyra’s murderer remains at large and her family is just one among hundreds that is fighting against impunity. We need your help to bring justice to all the murdered women and girls, one case at a time.

Last week, on the heels of the U.S. Congress asking President Calderón to make this issue a top priority, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna held a press conference with WITNESS and the CMDPDH in Mexico City, where they screened “Dual Injustice” and signed a letter calling for an investigation into Neyra’s case and for punishment of those responsible for torturing David.

Resolving Neyra’s murder would bring renewed promise for hundreds of other families. Act Now to solve this case and stop violence against women in Mexico.

In solidarity, Tamaryn Nelson, Program Coordinator for Latin America/Caribbean.

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