Category Archives: Human Rights & Women’s Issues

Mexican Musings, Caribbean Winds and Border Destinies

As 2016 approaches a tumultuous end, possible changes in the U.S.-Mexico relationship are cooking. The election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president, the apparent shelving of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership fervently supported by the Obama and Pena Nieto administrations and statements from north of the border of cancelling or renegotiating the North…
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A New Human Rights Movement Stirs from Below

One of the unforeseen results of the 2016 U.S. election could be the emergence of a broad new coalition committed to anti-racism, immigrant rights and the tolerance of all faiths, creeds and liberties. In other words, a unified force dedicated to the principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the…
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Mexico’s Disappeared: An Urgent International Matter

Although forced disappearance in Mexico is a burning national question, its ramifications extend across borders as well. In Central America and the United States, relatives of persons disappeared in Mexico struggle to find out any inkling of the truth from afar, often with no or limited resources. Carlos Spector, an attorney in the Texas border…
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Searchers Find Suspected Remains of Juarez Mass Murder Victims

A search of a remote area of the Mexico-U.S. border region by civil society groups has resulted in the discovery of suspected human remains. Conducted the weekend of September 16-18 by scores of volunteers, the search concentrated on the hot and rugged desert terrain of the Navajo Arroyo near Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Located in the…
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Mexico’s Disappeared Who Won’t Disappear

As in previous years, Mexicans commemorated August 30, the International Day of Victims of Forced Disappearance. Marches, protests, masses and meetings were held by relatives of the disappeared and their supporters in different regions of the country, including the states of Chihuahua, Jalisco and Guerrero, where the numbers of forcibly disappeared persons keeps climbing into…
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West Mesa Murders Website

West Mesa Murders Website Frontera NorteSur readers might be interested in checking out a new website dedicated to Albuquerque’s West Mesa murders, a story this publication has covered over the years. The site tells the stories of the 11 women and girls, all working-class women of color, who disappeared from Albuquerque between 2003 and 2005;…
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The Butchers of a Border Narco State

If testimony delivered in a Texas courtroom this month is to be believed, it offers a chilling glimpse at the functioning of what amounted to a narco-government firmly connected to the U.S. and run out of the Mexican border state of Coahuila during the administration of former Governor Humberto Moreira, when narco-related violence surged. A…
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>From Vallarta with Love: A Video from Mothers of the Disappeared

In Mexico, Tuesday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. On that day, mothers from the civil society organization United Families for Our Disappeared of Jalisco will join mothers from across the country in a national demonstration in Mexico City demanding governmental action in locating their missing loved ones and calling for the passage of a national…
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In Mexico Cell Phone Tracking Okay, Metadata Fishing Not So Much

A mixed decision of a panel of the Mexican Supreme Court this week upheld the right of the government to engage in real-time tracking of cell phone users without prior judicial authorization when an imminent threat is at stake, as stipulated by Mexico’s National Security Law. The justices, however, ruled that the extraction of personal…
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Nestora is Finally Free

Nestora is Finally Free After spending two years and seven months behind bars, Mexican community police commander Nestora Salgado was freed on Friday, March 18. Surrounded by family members, community police comrades, parents of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa college students and other supporters, an elated and defiant Salgado emerged from the infirmary of the Tepepan…
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