Jun 10, 2007

Amnesty International returns to Mexico

From the PR Department:



Ms. Washington Valdez recently returned from her trip to Spain, where she promoted her book and continued to spread the news about the Mexico femicides.

"The Spaniards received me with great courtesy and professionalism, just as they did when Cosecha de Mujeres (the book in Spanish) was first released. I am grateful for their hospitality."

The Spaniards, who have followed her work for years, consider the author to be the expert on the topic.

Ole!

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By Kelly McKenzie
July 25, 2007

Amnesty International will visit officials in Mexico this week to inquire into pending human rights issues in that country.
This will be the first time Mexico's new president Felipe Calderon will be confronted topics that range from the alleged abuses in the state of Oaxaca to the women's murders in Ciudad Juarez and other regions of Mexico.
Activists have alleged the Mexican government is trying to sweep these issues under the rug.

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Diana Washington Valdez denuncia feminicidios

16 de julio 2007
MADRID, España(EFE)

La periodista mexicana Diana Washington presentó hoy su libro "Cosecha de mujeres. Safari en el desierto mexicano" en la apertura del ciclo literario del festival "La Mar de Letras" en la localidad española de Cartagena (Murcia).
La autora denuncia en esta obra la desaparición y asesinatos de mujeres en Ciudad Juárez (México).
Diana Washington explicó que con este libro pretende aclarar quién está detrás de los asesinatos de las mujeres de Ciudad Juárez y por qué no se mantienen las líneas de investigación tras los crímenes.Según la periodista, las víctimas,que ya ascienden a medio millar, son chicas jóvenes, delgadas, morenas y pertenecientes a familias humildes.
La escritora, que investiga la desaparición y los asesinatos de 400 mujeres desde 1993, aseguró que "el Gobierno del país conoce a los autores de los crímenes pero siguen ocultándolo debido a la vinculación que tienen los homicidas con el poder".
"Cosecha de mujeres. Safari en el desierto mexicano" ha superado las dificultades que le impusieron desde diversos sectores de su país para que no fuese publicada, afirmó la escritora, que aseguró que ha recibido amenazas de muerte.
La investigación de Washington ha sido nominada al Ulises, premio internacional que reconoce el periodismo literario.

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The Killing Fields on film

Coming soon -- the documentary Border Echoes by Lorena Mendez-Quiroga
http://www.borderechoes.com/.

By Kelly McKenzie
June 7, 2007

LULAC honors author of the Killing Fields: Harvest of Women

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) presented author Diana Washington Valdez with a special award from the organization's Commission for Women "in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community."

The award is related to her investigation of the women's murders in Ciudad Juarez and her subsequent books in English and Spanish.

"I am deeply honored for this award, especially in light of LULAC's long history of civil rights' advocacy in the United States," the author said. "Several of the unsolved Juarez murders include victims who were U.S. citizens."

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