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Mexico: Norma Andrade - Nov2012

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 00:00

    Norma Andrade: Viciously attacked for demanding justice for the killers of women and children


    Please add your name to the petition calling on Mexican authorities to provide protection for Norma Andrade and to initiate an investigation into attacks on Norma and her colleagues.

    Norma's Story

    Norma Andrade has been knifed. This is the second time she has been viciously attacked in 3 months.

    Norma Andrade is a founder of May Our Daughters Return Home, an organisation seeking investigation into the rape, abduction and murder of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juárez, a Mexican border town near El Paso Texas.

    Norma  as with her grandchildren when she responded to a knock at the door by an unknown man at 9:00 a.m. on February 3rd. He then attacked her with a knife. She was cut on her cheek, but managed to defend herself before he fled. Norma’s condition is now stable, and she was released from hospital the following day. But she fears for her life.

    Only two months before this recent attack, Norma was shot at five times outside her previous home in Ciudad Juárez. She was treated in hospital for her injuries for several days. The hospital discharged her after staff received anonymous threats that they would be killed if they continued to provide treatment. Norma and her family sought refuge by going into hiding in faraway Mexico City. Authorities promised to provide protection. Yet her life is still in danger.

    This new attack appears to be part of a targeted campaign against Norma and her efforts to investigate the deaths of hundreds of women and girls in Ciudad Juárez over the past two decades. Amnesty International believes she is in imminent danger and should be provided with effective protection.

    Write a Letter

    Amnesty International's experience is that a personal letter, signed and mailed by you, will be more persuasive than a single email or electronic petition. While the threats or human rights violations facing prisoners of conscience or human rights defenders featured in this program are grave and time-sensitive, resolution can sometimes be slow.

    If you are willing to write a personal letter, please use your own words to:

    • ask for effective protection for Norma Andrade, her family and colleagues at Our Daughters Return Home in accordance with their wishes;
    • call for a full, prompt and impartial investigation into the attack on Norma Andrade at her home.

    Send your letter to:

    Minister of the Interior:
    Dr. Alejandro Poira
    Romero Bucareli 99, 1er. piso,
    Col. Juárez México D.F., C.P.06600

    Salutation:  Dear Minister
    Please affix $1.80 postage