Thursday, January 27, 2005

Mexican border murders

Human rights groups want an investigation into the murders of young women in the border region over the past decade:

Human rights groups and relatives of women murdered near the Mexico-U.S. border want a world-renowned Argentine forensic team to study more than 300 killings over the past decade, many of which are still unsolved.

Around 30 civil organizations and relatives groups told a news conference on Wednesday they wanted the nongovernmental Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, known by its Spanish initials EAAF, to reexamine cases studied by Mexican police.

Mexico's failure to solve — or stop — the murders of young women that began in 1993 in the city of Ciudad Juarez, has brought worldwide condemnation. Some 50 victims are still unidentified.

"We have to know what happened, how it happened, that's why it's so important the inquiries continue with an independent team the organizations and families can trust," said Marimar Monroy, a representative of an independent Mexican human rights commission.

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