For Immediate Release
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Amnesty International Will Demonstrate In Support of Mexican Women Who Have Waited Nearly 4 Years for Justice After Being Beaten and Sexually Assaulted
WASHINGTON - Amnesty International will
hold a rally at the Mexican consulate in Washington D.C. to support women
in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico, who were brutally beaten and raped in 2006
after being taken into custody when police officers responded to a protest
staged by a peasant organization.
Despite an investigation identifying 34 police
officers, the women of Atenco have yet to see the violent perpetrators
brought to justice for their crimes. Rallies will take place in selected
cities across the country on Monday, March 8, International Women's Day,
to highlight Mexico's dismal human rights record.
The rally will feature passionate activists
with brightly-colored signs and banners in both English and Spanish. Amnesty
International will also deliver petitions with hundreds of signatures to
the embassy to remind the Mexican government that the women of San Salvador
Atenco will not be forgotten, and that they deserve justice now.
EVENT: Rally in Support of the Women
of Atenco, Mexico, Who Were Sexually Assaulted by Police Officers
DATE: Monday, March 8
TIME: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Mexican Embassy,
Washington, D.C. 20036
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning
grassroots activist organization with more than 2.2 million supporters,
activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human
rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates
and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice,
freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
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