Protect Human Rights Activist and Journalist from Death Threats

LYDIA CACHO

Target: Attorney General of the Republic, Marisela Morales Ibanez

Goal: Demand the Mexican Government ensure the safety of journalist Lydia Cacho

Human rights activist and journalist Lydia Cacho has been receiving a vast number of death threats via email and phone. Despite filing formal complaints to the Attorney General of the Republic, Cacho has yet to receive any form of safety precautions from the government.

The most recent threat stated that “what is coming next for you [Cacho] will be in pieces, that is how we will send you home, you idiot,” according to Amnesty International. This threat occurred via a secure emergency line within Cacho’s home in Cancun, Mexico. Although Cacho is not a stranger to death threats, no action has been taken to ensure her safety despite her requests.

Cacho first received death threats back in 2005 following the publication of her novel, Demons of Eden, in which she openly accused politician Jean Succar Kuri of participating in child pornography and prostitution. The novel also exposed a child pornography ring. The death threats only continued when Cacho published another book in 2010, regarding the trafficking of women and girls.

Cacho is an esteemed feminist and a human rights advocate. She is also president of Women’s Assistance, an organization that supports victims of domestic violence and sexism. Living under constant fear is intolerable and the Mexican government must step up to protect Cacho by investigating these threats and providing the upmost security.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Marisela Morales Ibanez,

It has come to my attention that Lydia Cacho’s most recent death threat may not have been investigated by the government. Cacho received a phone call on her emergency line and was threatened to have her body cut up into pieces and sent back to her home. These threats are intolerable and they must be investigated.

Cacho is a hard working journalist and human rights activist. She has contributed a lot to the women’s rights movement. Her books helped expose the child pornography and women trafficking rings in Mexico. She is also the president of Women’s Assistance, organization that supports victims of domestic violence and sexism.

No one deserves to live one’s life in constant fear. I urge you to ensure the safety of Lydia Cacho. These threats have to be taken seriously and thus, they must be investigated.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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