Chiapas/National: National Caravan against Impunity in Femicide Cases Begins

@ Istmo Press

On March 2nd, a caravan of mothers of femicide victims from Chiapas arrived in Juchitan, Oaxaca. Given the lack of justice and impunity in the state of Chiapas, these women, members of the “Karla Velasco” Foundation, had announced, through a statement, their intention to depart for Mexico City to “confront President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for the impunity of his things in the local authorities.”

Maricruz Velasco Najera and Manuel Gomez Giron are the parents of one of the victims, a young woman murdered in 2018 without there being a sentence against the person linked to the process or without knowing if there are accomplices. “What we are demanding is justice for our women, we want all of Mexico to know that in Chiapas women are being killed, that’s why we went out in a caravan, we may not be many, but we no longer want to be silent and endure injustices”, declared the father of the victim.

The families exposed all the anomalies in the investigations of the Chiapas State Attorney General’s Office (FGE), closing two of the three cases when it ruled that it had been “suicide” while, in the case of Karla Velasco, the process is suspended “due to bad practices and bureaucracy of the Chiapas Judicial Power.”

During the journey, the caravan plans to make stops in different cities of Oaxaca, Veracruz and Puebla to denounce the lack of action on the part of the authorities and so that more families who are in the same situation join. The intention is to arrive on the eve of March 8th, International Women’s Day, “to protest and be received by the president of Mexico, otherwise they will go on a hunger strike until they are seen to.”

For more information in Spanish:

Inicia en Chiapas, caravana nacional contra feminicidios en impunidad(Chiapas Paralelo, 1 de marzo de 2021)

Caravana de madres chiapanecas llega al Istmo para exigir justicia por feminicidios (Educa Oaxaca, 3 de marzo de 2021)

Caravana de madres chiapanecas llega al Istmo para exigir justicia por feminicidios (Istmo Press, 2 de marzo de 2021)

Llega a Oaxaca caravana de familiares de mujeres asesinadas en Chiapas; buscan audiencia con AMLO (La Jornada Oaxaca, 2 de marzo de 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: 2021 Begins with an Increase of Cases of Violence against Women (January 31, 2021)
Oaxaca: Oaxaca Consortium Presents Gender Violence Report to UNO (February 22, 2021)
Chiapas: Protests over Mariana’s Femicide (February 1, 2021)

CHIAPAS: Aprueban Protocolo para la Atención de Violencia Política contra las Mujeres en Razón de Género de Chiapas (December 2, 2020)

Chiapas: “Violence against Women if the Context of a Pandemic” Report Published (November 27, 2020)

Chiapas: Tres mujeres asesinadas en una sola semana (July 12, 2018)

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