A UN body on Thursday expressed its deep concern about violence against women in Mexico, particularly in the southern state of Oaxaca and the northern border states.
Teresa Rodriguez, regional director of the United Nations Women's Development Fund, said in a report that such violence had taken place mainly in Cuidad Juarez, a city that borders the United States, where 350 women have been murdered in the past 10 years, but it also spread to other regions of Mexico.
Mexico must take all measures needed to end the violence without delay, Rodriguez said, adding that there was a great deal left to be done although the situation had been improved.
Late Wednesday, a UN office in Mexico City received a report describing sexual abuses and other human rights violations in Oaxaca, where a teachers' strike developed into a protest demanding the resignation of Governor Ulises Ruiz.
The world body was also worried about Mexico's high military presence close to both the U.S. border and the southern borders with Guatemala and Belize, which puts women at risk for violence and ill-treatment.