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Presidential candidate slams Medina on femicides

Santo Domingo.- Alliance for Democracy presidential candidate Minou Tavarez Mirabal on Sunday expressed outrage over the seven femicides since the start of the new year, murders she affirms reveal an “absolute lack of response from the authorities.”

“Dominican society is alarmed at the escalation of violence and insecurity in the country and particularly the violence that Dominican women suffer in different ways,” she said, calling femicide a “human drama on which the family and society cannot continue under the inaction and indifference of the authorities.”

“In addition to the loss in human life, a femicide upsets and unbalances the entire family, with tragic consequences for children who are orphaned, the irreparable pain of the families of victims and the negative impact on communities,” Tavarez said.

She said it´s imperative that the authorities act to stop femicides and that president Danilo Medina has failed Dominican women after  his promise to implement effective policies to prevent and punish violence against women, “especially because in this area his administration also promotes impunity,” she said.

“It´s shameful that more than 70,000 complaints of violence against women are received in the country every year, but just 5% of the cases are prosecuted, with only 18 specialized units, only 3 shelters and no permanent, nationwide prevention campaigns.”

Source: DT

Jan 18, 2016

Category: DR News |

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