Bring justice to the women of Atenco in Mexico

Last month, the Mexican Supreme Court confirmed that women in San Salvador Atenco suffered major physical and sexual abuse at the hands of police officers. But even with the affirmation of the highest court in Mexico, the women in Atenco are still waiting for these officers to be held accountable for their crimes.

The current Attorney General of Mexico, Eduardo Medina-Mora, remains suspiciously silent on this case that his office is responsible for handling. But it doesn’t take much investigating to find out why: At the time of the attacks, Medina-Mora was in charge of the same police officers who were implicated in the assaults. Any real investigation into the attacks and arrests could surely place significant blame squarely on his shoulders.

If securing justice continues to rely on Attorney General Medina-Mora, then the police officers guilty of brutally beating and raping the women in Atenco will remain free to roam the streets, a threat to those they’re meant to protect.

By this May, three years will have passed since this horrific violence took place in Atenco. The Attorney General of Mexico cannot be allowed to continue to side-step the justice system any more. Mexican President Calderón must step in to prove his leadership and uphold the rule of law in Mexico. Take part in the AIUSA online petition today and add your voice against injustice, impunity and unlawful attacks on peaceful demonstrators.

Just over a week ago, AIUSA activists gathered in Chicago and rallied around this very cause. Hundreds stood at the doors of the Mexican Consulate and demanded the Mexican government’s attention and action. While the Attorney General may try to drag his heels at every step of this process, President Calderón has the power to move things forward now. Without President Calderón’s leadership, any chance for justice for the women in Atenco could be lost.

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