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Reparations Proposed in Mexican Killings

A federal investigator appointed by President Vicente Fox to look into the unsolved killings of several hundred women said Thursday that Mexico should consider paying “a symbolic reparation for damages, for negligence, to the victims’ families.” But there was no sign that Mr. Fox’s government would take the steps recommended by the investigator, María Guadalupe Morfín. The federal, state and local authorities in Mexico have been slow to acknowledge that women are being killed in striking numbers in and around Ciudad Juárez. They do not even agree on the number of killings. The state and local police count at least 230 deaths since 1993. Amnesty International, the human rights organization, places the number at 370. The victims are overwhelmingly young women, many of them assembly-line workers and high school students. Roughly a third of the killings have been marked by rape and mutilation. Full Story

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