Statement by human rights organizations in Chihuahua 12 years after the murder of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz

Chihuahua, Chih., December 16, 2022. As every year we have gathered here, at the symbolic Cross of Nails in front of the Government Palace of Chihuahua, in the same place where Marisela came to demand justice for the femicide of her daughter Rubí Frayre Escobedo; in this place where she condemned the State saying: “to shame the Government…let them come and kill me right here”; we are right in the place where they tried to silence her voice and end her fight.

Marisela’s desire for justice is still alive in each of the young women who marched because WE WANT TO LIVE and there is no guarantee that we will; Marisela’s denunciation about the government’s inaction and indifference is still alive in the more than 3,000 mothers who are looking for their own disappeared sons and daughters with no answer from the authorities; Marisela’s fight is still alive in social movements, in human rights organizations, in collectives and in the work of hundreds of young students, artists with a cause and people who demand truth, justice, reparation, respect for the human rights of all, equal opportunities, application of the law without distortion, transparency and democracy.

Marisela lives! She lives! The fight goes on!

That is why we are here, demanding:
• Justice for Rubí, Marisela, the Fraire family! Because impunity favors the conditions for similar events to happen again.
• Justice for the disappeared, justice for people who have been the victims of violence as discrimination, abuse of power or inaction by the State.
• Effective protection for human rights defenders and journalists, because democratic States must guarantee conditions of dissent and plurality.
• Serious, sufficient and progressive resources and efforts for the prevention, investigation, punishment and reparation of violence against women, girls and teenagers in Chihuahua.
• Conditions of peace and safety for all Chihuahuans, and governments committed to guaranteeing and respecting the human rights of all people.

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