Relatives of victims and feminist groups took over the facilities of the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) and protested Saturday in demand of a recommendation for the country’s authorities to recognize and implement measures for gender-based violence.
This Saturday, women occupying Cuba’s street offices in Mexico City since last Thursday burned furniture and pints to pressure the agency to issue the General Recommendation to the federal government, state governments, as well as prosecutors.
According to the text, such a recommendation should request that the authorities publicly recognize the seriousness of gender-based violence and feminicide violence in Mexico, and that any authority refrain from «issuing any kind of discourse with which the situation is minimized or intended to minimize».
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The National Front Not a Less Mexico and Aequuus, Promotion and Defense of Human Rights called for the agency to request the opening of specialized units specializing in gender-based violence and femicide violence, as well as the extension of amnesties and non-criminal action agreements, or similar acts, in situations where women have been criminalized.
In the face of Saturday’s events, the CNDH issued a statement creating that a general recommendation is already being worked on that «will be issued shortly» and added that the agency is not «the enemy to be defeated.»
«These facilities, now closed, are not bureaucratic offices, they are reception and complaint centres to defend the human rights of all,» he said in the text.
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She said that on Wednesday, the chairwoman of the CNDH heeded a request for a hearing of 18 people who were victims of various human rights violations» with whom she spoke, in conjunction with the director of the Executive Commission on Victim Care, Angels Beams, and the undersecretary of human rights of SEGOB, Alejandro Encinas.
The agency said the groups made seven requests: medical services and access to medicines, pantry delivery, employment program, gender violence alert subsidy to seven states of the Republic, the withdrawal of the «Count to Ten» campaign, ending the disqualification speech of the feminist movement.
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