Raid on The Center for Women’s News in Mexico City

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*IN LIGHT Of THE RECENT RAID OF The Center for Women’s News ( CIMAC) IN MEXICO CITY, WE DEMAN OF THE MEXICAN GOVERNEMENT TO INVESTIGATE SUCH ATTACKS AND IMPLEMENT THE NECESSARY STEPS
TO ENSURE THEIR WORK AND SAFETY *

Civil organizations and human rights defenders in Mexico condemn the raid on the offices of CIMAC, a Women’s News Agency based in Mexico City. We demand of the government authorities to investigate this attack, as well as the one that occurred
three years ago, so that these attacks do not remain unpunished.

* What we demand: *

1. That the Attorney General of the Federal District perform an effective, thorough and impartial investigation to punish those
responsible for the raid on the premises and theft of working material for our journalistic work in the defense of women’s human rights and the freedom of expression of all, which took place last May 20, 2011.

2. To resume research on the attacks three years ago and ensure that such acts do not go unpunished.

3. To be implemented as soon as the security measures required for CIMAC members, as well as to safeguard his office.

* The facts:*

The undersigned civil society organizations condemn the raid on the premises of the Information and Communication Organization for Women (CIMAC) on May 20, 2011.

On the morning of that day, unidentified persons broke violently in the office and stole two computers from the administrative area
with accounting information, two computers for drafting news agency, the Web master CPU, a video camera, audio recorders and some monitors in addition to documents from all areas were checked and found out of place.

The CIMAC team placed a complaint with the Attorney General of the Federal District (PGJDF) that was registered in the
preliminary FCH/CUH-6/T2/00948/11-05. The team also places the complaint before the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City.

It is noteworthy that three years ago CIMAC suffered a similar attack was reported (with file number FCH/CUH6-T2/1195/08-7) to the PGJDF but went unpunished upon the closure of the case three months after the facts.

* What is CIMAC**

*CIMAC is known for doing journalism with a gender perspective, report violations to the Human Rights of Women and defend
freedom of expression and the work of Human Rights Defenders, as well as doing research on trafficking of women, children and adolescents.

We cannot rule out that these attacks on their facilities are related to the work done by CIMAC, so it is critical that the PGJDF conduct a thorough investigation of the facts, putting the link CIMAC work done in the advocacy human rights and the assaults.
Also, we are concerned that the lack of a diligent investigation by the authorities responsible for the raid occurred three years ago, has become an incentive for the perpetrators, which allows these events continue to occur. We recall that a greater risk impunity
for human rights defenders are violated and inhibits its advocacy work for human rights.

Lucía Lagunes Huerta
General Coordinator
CIMAC

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