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It’s International Women’s Day today.
Yesterday The Washington Post reported that Obama signed a strengthened Violence Against Women Act.
In honor of International Women’s Day, we wanted to share the story of Miriam Lopez.
According to Amnesty International:
On the 2 February 2011 Miriam Lopez was arbitrarily arrested and tortured by Mexican soldiers. In order to get Miriam Lopez to implicate herself and others in drug trafficking offenses, they subjected her to electric shocks, near asphyxiation and raped her three times. Miriam Lopez was eventually released without charges. She has been brave enough to file a formal complaint, but nobody has been brought to justice.
IN OTHER NEWS
Yesterday The Washington Post published an opinion piece by former president Bill Clinton.
The article reads:
On March 27, The Defense of Marriage Act will come before the Supreme Court, and the justices must decide whether it is consistent with the principles of a nation that honors freedom, equality and justice above all, and is therefore constitutional. As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution.
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