Saturday, April 3, 2010

No more sweeping brutal beatings and rapes under the rug in Mexico. Ensure that those responsible for these crimes are brought to justice.

Dear Nation Subscriber,

One of the worst stories I've heard in a while involves over 45 women arrested without explanation in Mexico and subjected to terrible abuse and violence by the police officers who arrested them. One of The Nation's favorite advertisers, the human rights organization, Amnesty International, is asking for justice for these women. Follow the links below to see how you can help.

Peter Rothberg
Associate Publisher, The Nation

Amnesty International USA: TAKE ACTION NOW!

Dear Nation Friend,

Mexico's Attorney General's office has identified 34 police officers who are suspects in the rape, assault and brutal treatment of dozens of women. But sheer neglect from officials in Mexico's highest ranks has delayed justice for nearly four years.

Help us send a tidal wave of emails supporting these women to the offices of Mexico's President, ambassador to the U.S. and the governor of Mexico State!

Police detained the women during a local protest in May 2006. Some women who weren't even involved in the demonstrations were swept up in the massive arrests. They were beaten and herded into police vans. On the way to prison, officers took turns sexually assaulting the women.
Demand justice for the women of Atenco
Nearly four years later, they are still waiting for justice.

Accountability for these crimes may be moving at a glacial speed, but your messages do have power. The former federal Attorney General had dragged his feet on this issue for months. At the time of the attacks, he was in charge of the same police officers who were implicated in the assaults. But because of the outcry from concerned people like you, his office was compelled to identify 34 suspects - bringing us one giant step closer to finally prosecuting those responsible.

Even though his office has now punted responsibility to the state of Mexico, which is the governor's jurisdiction, it's clear that we're putting pressure on all the right places.

Help us keep the heat on Mexican officials to ensure justice for the women of Atenco!

We can't let this opportunity slide through our fingers. The crimes have been exposed. The suspected culprits have been named. Now is the time to uphold and protect human rights!

Thank you for standing with us,

Michael O'Reilly
Campaign Director, Individuals at Risk
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