Valentina Rosendo @Tlachinollan
On 12 August, the Military Attorney General’s Office (PGJM) notified Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo that the investigations regarding the rape and torture committed against them by members of the Mexican Army in 2002 have been transferred to the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR). This act is the result of the denunciations that have been presented, but also of that which is stipulated by the recent constitutional reform on human rights and above all the sentence handed down by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) in the case.
In a communiqué released by several organizations, including the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, and the Organization of the Me’phaa Indigenous People (OPIM), who have litigated the case, it was remembered that on 18 July the two Me’phaa indigenous women had made a direct request before the PGJM and the PGR for their case to be handed over to civilian jurisdiction, following he resolution of the Supreme Court of Justice in the Nation, stating that the military court should not investigate soldiers accused of having violated human rights. The bulletin mentions that “the resolution is the consequence of the nine years of struggle bravely undertaken by Inés and Valentina, accompanied as they have been by organizations dedicated to the defense and promotion of human rights as well as by hundreds of persons around the world who individually and collectively have responded to the call to demand from the Secretary of National Defense that human-rights violations committed by Army units should not be judged in military courts.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Fiscalía militar mexicana pasa caso de indígenas violadas a fuero civil (EFE America, 17 August)
Tras 9 años, el caso de Inés y Valentina se juzgará en el Fuero Civil (Sididh, 17 August)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):