Femicides in Mexico Reach Record High in August

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Between July and August, the number of gender-based murders of women in Mexico increased 57.3 percent, to a record total of 107 femicides, according to the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP).

The August femicides represent the highest number since records first began to be kept in Mexico in 2015, the SESNSP said in its monthly report, which was released Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Still, unofficial sources put the numbers at even high levels.

According to Amnesty International (AM), in a report issued on Monday, Sept. 20, at least 10 women and girls are murdered daily, but government authorities do not register these cases as femicides and refuse to investigate them as such.

Consequently, victims’ families are often left to carry out their own homicide investigations.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has blatantly downplayed the problem, calling women protestors manipulated “conservatives,” a derogatory term in AMLO-speak.


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