On Friday 3 February, the activist Norma Esther Andrade, founder of the organization Our Daughters Returning Home in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, was attacked as she left her home. According to police reports, as Andrade opened the door to leave her house the suspect surprised her and without a word knifed her in the face, subsequently escaping. Norma Andrade suffered an injury measuring at least 5 centimeters in the right cheek and was for this reason hospitalized.
In light of the attack on Norma Andrade, the Commission on Human Rights in Mexico City (CDHDF) requested precautionary measures from the government of the capital to ensure the physical integrity of the activist, who last December suffered another attack in Ciudad Juárez, reason for which she was moved to Mexico City as a security precaution, to be protected by the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR), in accordance with the request of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
Lilia Alejandra García Andrade, one of Norma Andrade’s daughters, was murdered in February 2011. Norma Andrade has joined the Movement for Peace led by poet Javier Sicilia to seek a halt to the violence originating in the confrontations between the government and organized crime. In a press-release on 6 February, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights “condemns the aggression that injured Norma Andrade, co-president of the human-rights organization ‘Our Daughters Returning Home.’”
For more information (in Spanish):
Acción Urgente (Cencos, 3 February)
ONU-DH condena la nueva agresión contra Norma Andrade, activista de derechos humanos (Cencos, 6 February)
Atentan contra la activista Norma Andrade, protegida por la PGR (La Jornada, 4 February)
e supuestamente era protegida por la PGR, es atacada y herida en el DF (Vanguardia, 3 February)
Agreden a activista Norma Andrade (UNO Noticias, 3 February)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: activities on the International Day against Violence against Women (28 November 2011)
Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)
Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)