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Mexico, poet Susana Chavez killed

she was a women's rights activist

Poet Susana Chavez was found dead, a hand cut off and her head wrapped in a black bag. In the recent years she had struggled against the slaying of women occurred in Ciudad Juarez.

More than 300 women have been murdered in this town and Susana Chavez had coined the expression "Not One More Death" to try and stop the massacre. The three suspects, 17 years old boys, have been arrested.

The one of Susana Chavez is the 13th murder of activists in Ciudad Juarez from 2009. Amnesty International demanded an inquiry on the assassination.

13 January 2011

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Freedom of expression

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Freedom of thought is usually the first of the fundamental rights of the human being to be targeted by authoritarian regimes, and this applies increasingly the closer it gets to the prototype of totalitarian society. Censorship muzzles the press and journalists are prevented from doing their job, 'till the point in which they are reduced to a mere mouthpiece of the state propaganda. Also the other free expressions of thought are under attack, no one is spared: intellectuals, writers, film directors... even figurative arts are under strict control. Repression heavily curbs all forms of individual sovereignty, such as above all opinions, personal ideas, which represent the worst threat for those who want to impose the "blinkered thought".
In fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, in maoist China and in the dictatorships of Latin America like in modern theocracies and new autocratic regimes, troublesome books were banned and even burnt on the squares, and the historian, scientists, scholars, artists who refused to line up were exiled or jailed.
Totalitarianism entered homes and imposed its grip within the family, which was dominated by the fear of being betrayed even by one's dearest ones. A mechanism of self-censorship thus started: in order to survive people preferred giving up not only expressing their views.. but even to conceive them. There was nothing left but settle for the doctrine expressed by the leaders on power.
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