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Baja California Human Rights Attorneys Pleased With Police Response

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Aired 3/9/10

Mexican human rights attorneys plan to ask government officials in Tijuana Tuesday morning to protect two Tijuana women who've come under threat for pursuing human rights cases.

Human rights attorneys say law enforcement authorities in Tijuana will provide protection for two women who've been threatened for pursuing human rights cases. The attorneys met with law enforcement in Tijuana Tuesday.

Both Blanca Messina and her attorney, Silvia Vazquez, have received threatening phone calls warning them to back off their cases, or else.

Vazquez's family also had its van burnt by two men who launched a molotov cocktail.

Both women have helped raise international awareness for more than three dozen Tijuana policemen, including Messina's father. The officers say the Mexican military and Tijuana's police chief tortured them so they'd confess ties to organized crime.

Baja California human rights attorney Raul Ramirez Baena is pleased police have offered bodyguards, emergency phone numbers and extra patrols near the womens' homes.

"The measures need to begin immediately because there are death threats," says Ramirez.

An International Human Rights Court asked Mexico's government to protect the women last November. Both have received more threats in the meantime.

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