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The Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center

Women of Atenco


On May 3rd and 4th, 2006, in Texcoco and San Salvador Atenco (Mexico state), federal, state, and municipal police carried out a brutal operation to repress activists and individuals showing solidarity with the social movement Peoples’ Front in Defense of the Land (Frente de Pueblos en defensa de la Tierra). The conflict arose because of a police aggression against a group of florists, which generated protests and a disproportionate reaction by the State.

In this context, at least 27 women suffered sexual torture by police officers during their detention and transfer. Eleven of them have decided to continue their fight for justice and have taken their case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which has admitted their petition.



IACHR Admissibility Report November 2011

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