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Mexico rights commission calls for alert on women’s killings

October 23, 2017

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2016 file photo, a women, her faced painted as a Catrina, holds up a sign with a message that reads in Spanish: "No More Femicides," during a demonstration to protest violence against women in Mexico City. Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, that authorities should declare a gender violence alert for the central state of Puebla. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says authorities should declare a gender violence alert for the central state of Puebla.

The governmental commission said Monday that 83 women were killed between January and September in Puebla, where women report above-average rates of domestic violence.

A national agency formed in 2007 can declare violence alerts and follow up with education, prosecution and prevention programs.

The state government has called for tougher standards for ride-hailing apps after two women were killed in incidents involving such apps in a month.

A female university student was robbed and shot to death Sept. 30 by men riding in an Uber-registered vehicle with its driver.

Earlier in September, a driver for the Spain-based app Cabify allegedly killed a young female passenger.

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