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    A women in Chiapas holding a cross that reads "Not one more dead (woman)." (Photo: CMPDH) | Photo: Comisión Mexicana de Promoción de los Derechos Humanos

Published 11 September 2014

Human rights organization’s petition rejected by Ministry of the Interior.

Activists supporting the Popular Campaign against Violence against Women and Feminicide in Chiapas reported that 65 percent of the 221 violent deaths of women that occurred in the southern Mexican state from 2012  to 2014 were femicides.

Martha Figueroa Mier and Robina Soria of the organization SYJAK recalled when they presented an Alert Petition on Gender Violence to the state and federal government November 25, 2013.

Figueroa Mier explained that the state and federal officials evidenced their insensitivity and ignorance of the circumstances surrounding femicides in Chiapas by insisting on their compliance with the National System for Preventing, Managing, Sanctioning, and Eradicating Violence Against Women, which is presided by the Ministry of the Interior.

Figueroa Mier also recalled the ministry’s secretary, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, saying that the female death statistics presented in their report in no way compromised "the state's social peace or security."  

She added that for these reasons, the Campaign should lodge a complaint for grievances regarding the violation of women’s rights in Chiapas and the rest of the country.

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