Mexico: Federal Government Publically Apologizes for Failing To Prevent Killings in Ciudad Juarez
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 12:25 PM

In response to the 2009 Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling, Mexico has issued a formal apology for failing to prevent and to properly investigate the deaths of three women. The women were found in November 2001 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. When the cases went cold in 2003, the families appealed to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, a body of the Organization of American States.

Since 1993, Chihuahua has been the site of hundreds of unsolved murder cases, most of the victims of which are young women. Often, women are missing for months before they are found in and around Ciudad Juarez. The three women from the Interamerican Court case were found along with five others in a vacant lot in the city in 2001. Since only three families appealed, only those cases were presented at the international court. Mexican authorities have erected a memorial for all eight women on the site, but they have not commented as to if the cases would be reopened.

Compiled from: Mexico – Government Apology on Women Slain in Ciudad Juarez, WUNRN: Women’s UN Report Network (07 November 2011).