Category Archives: Human Rights & Women’s Issues

U.S. Lawmakers Demand Freedom for Mexican Hunger Striker

Two U.S. lawmakers from the state of Washington have joined a renewed international chorus demanding the release of an imprisoned community police commander in Mexico.  Congressman Adam Smith and Senator Patty Murphy appealed on the Obama administration last week to intervene on behalf of Nestora Salgado, who began a hunger strike May 5 in protest…
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Human Rights in “The Land of the Good People”

In April the central Mexican city of Aguascalientes will burst alive with song, drink and dance. Drawing millions of visitors, the San Marcos Fair is Mexico’s annual spring celebration bar none. Extending into May, the three week-long bash is generally a peaceful affair. However, sore spots and controversies do crop up, including allegations of police…
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Washington Police Shooting Ignites a Cross-Border Controversy

The fatal shooting of an unarmed Mexican migrant by police in Washington state has stirred renewed attention south of the border on the use of deadly force by U.S. law enforcement agencies. The February 10 shooting of Antonio Zambrano Montes by police in Pasco, Washington, is getting prominent coverage in both the print and electronic…
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More Femicide Victims Identified from Border Graveyard

The parents of Esmeralda Castillo Rincon recently heard sad news about their long-disappeared daughter. The 14-year-old had been missing from her Ciudad Juarez home since 2009, and the parents had waged a long campaign demanding her safe return. On January 16, however, the Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office (FGECH) notified Jose Luis Castillo and his wife,…
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43 Faces that Move the World

Editor’s Note: The latest installment of Frontera NorteSur’s special coverage on the crisis in Mexico. On a frigid November night, candles illuminated the photos of 43 missing young men laid out on the patio of the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A man crouched on the ground, reading out the names of the disappeared:…
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Echoes of ’68: Youth Massacres, Repression and Resistance Jolt Mexico

“Never Forget October 2!”  The slogan captures the spirit of the annual commemorations of the military-police massacre of hundreds of protesting students during the Olympic Games in Mexico City back on October 2, 1968.In 2014 new killings of Mexican students and young people, coupled with a massive student strike at the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN)…
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U.S. Congressmen Demand Freedom for Nestora

The imprisonment of a Mexican woman police commander is increasingly a hot issue between the United States and Mexico. Nine members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter August 29 to Secretary of State John Kerry urging Washington’s intercession on behalf of Nestora Salgado, jailed in Mexico since August 2013 on what supporters contend are…
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Ciudad Juarez Demands: No More Abuse

Once again, gender violence is a hot topic of the day in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. On Sunday, August 24, hundreds of people marched from the “X” monument near Chamizal Park to the San Lorenzo area in a demonstration against domestic and other forms of violence.Billed as “The March for Laura, for You and for Me,”…
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Burn Them Alive!

A welling reservoir of outrage and frustration spilled into the streets of a Mexican coastal resort town July 1 as residents protested the brutal murder of a 10-year-old girl. Marching along the principal avenues of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, about 250 people demanded justice and exemplary punishment for the killer or killers of Aleyda Yuritizi Carmona Marquez. …
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Immigrants or Refugees?

In the media barrage over the “flood“ of Central American children arriving along the United States’ southern border, the refuge-seekers have been typically labeled as “illegal immigrants” by many media outlets. Under the heading “Life for illegal immigrants at FLETC,” a story posted this week on New Mexico news source KOB re-played the dominant news…
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