Daniel Salgado Peña, the doctor assigned to the Public Ministry of Coyuca de Catalán, has reported that the region of Tierra Caliente could constitute the zone with the highest number of violent deaths of women in the state of Guerrero, with 16 such women violently killed in the region this year to date. After Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, where occur the greatest number of feminicides, Tierra Caliente could represent the second-highest number of such attacks nationally. Salgado Peña added that four women were murdered in different municipalities in August 2010, and that another case of feminicide has been observed thus far in September.
In other news, on 6 September, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) decided with an 8 to 3 v0te to analyze the sentence and recommendations made by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) in the case of Rosendo Radilla, which demonstrated that the Mexican State had violated the rights of Radilla, disappeared since 1974. The Mexican State was condemned, but the SCJN, as a State institution, is implicated in the IACHR’s resolutions. “The court cannot condition its mark of attributions and the observation of such by other powers,” claimed minister Sánchez Cordero. Social organizations criticized the decision of the SCJN to relegate the obligatory nature of the IACHR sentence in the case of Rosendo Radilla, and claimed that the behavior of ministers has proven disappointing. “If the [SCJN] pronounced itself against the obligatory nature by attacking the sentence of the [IACHR] regarding the case of the social leader Rosendo Radilla–to date, still disappeared–it would imply a disaster for the inter-American system of human rights in the country,” warned Alberto Herrera, executive director of Amnesty International Mexico.
For more information (in Spanish):
Murders of women on the rise: Public Ministry (La Jornada, 6 September)
The Court will analyze the IACHR’s resolution in the case of Radilla (La Jornada, 7 September)
Human-rights organizations criticize behavior of the SCJN (La Jornada, 9 September)
Disappointing, the prospect that the SCJN would grant impunity to the army: Tita Radilla (La Jornada, 9 September)
Grave taht the SCJN would pronounce itself against the sentence of the IACHR (La Jornada, 9 September)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: IACHR condemns Mexican government in disappearance case (16 January 2010)