Guerrero – Briefs: Mexican State recognizes responsibility in case of Valentina Rosendo

Valentina Rosendo durante el acto oficial de reconocimiento @ quoruminformativo

Valentina Rosendo during the act of recognition @ quoruminformativo

A year and four months late, Alejandro Poiré, secretary of Governance, offered a public apology in the name of the Mexican State to the Guerrero indigenous woman Valentina Rosendo Cantú, in an act of recognition of its international responsibility in the violation of her humans rights and lack of adequate attention in observing the points outlined in a sentence of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR).  The act was held in Mexico City in the presence of social and human-rights organizations.

Poiré assured that despite the near-decade of struggle, total observance of the sentence should be had, given that the acts suffered by Valentina were “so lamentable and so terrible [... that] they should never be repeated with any other person in any other part of the country.”

Without referring to which types of public servants it was who violated Valentina’s rights, Poiré indicated that the “deviations” of public officials who violate human rights “should be investigated, punished, and compensated entirely by the Mexican State.”  He added that the acts which occurred in 2002 and the impunity of the case is not a generalized affair in the Calderón government: “It is evident that those isolated cases in no way represent the policy of the Mexican State, which is oriented always to the promotion, respect, protection, and guarantee of human rights.”

Valentina Rosendo related her nearly ten years of suffering not only due to the sexual violence of the soldiers but also because of the consequences that followed from her denunciation of members of the armed forces, such as her having to flee from her land and live in the face of constant threat of death: “I continue struggling as a woman and [my husband] has never valued that.  He left cowardly, but I continue with my face high, I brought up my daughter, and here I am proud of myself, of being who I am.”  Valentina shared that she thought her violation should help other besieged women defend themselves and denounce their attackers

To conclude, Poiré directed himself to the victim: “Esteemed Valentina, example Valentina: Nearly a decade ago the State did not protect you or procure you justice; today the Mexican State recognizes its responsibility and acts in consequence; this public act is a reflection of this conviction, and, knowing that your suffering is irreparable, we desire that for you and the little Yenis and all your relatives this symbolic act translate into a minimal restitution of justice, and that it serves for the reconstruction of your project of life.  Once again, apologies.”

Before leaving the hall, Valentina warned that her struggle has not ended.  “It continues because those responsible are still out there; they still are where they should not be.  But we have advanced a bit and there is hope.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Alejandro Poiré Romero, Secretario de Gobernación, durante el acto de Reconocimiento de Responsabilidad del Estado Mexicano, Caso Valentina Rosendo Cantú (Presidencia de la República, 15 December 2011)

“Tienen que reconocer que dije la verdad” (El Universal, 14 December 2011)

Caso Valentina Rosendo: Estado reconoce responsablidad (El Universal, 15 December 2011)

Reconoce Estado mexicano responsabilidad pública en caso Rosendo Cantú (La Jornada, 15 December 2011)

Con un “usted disculpe”, el Estado admite responsabilidad ante Valentina Rosendo (La Jornada de Guerrero, 15 December 2011)

Pide Gobernación perdón a Valentina (Milenio, 16 December 2011)

Acto de Reconocimiento Público. Caso Valentina Rosendo Cantú (15 December 2011)

“Usted disculpe”, dice gobierno a indígena violada por militares hace nueve años (Proceso, 15 December 2011)

El secretario de Gobierno, Humberto Salgado, refrendó el compromiso de la administración de Ángel Aguirre de respetar los derechos humanos y la democracia (Gobierno del estado de Guerrero, 15 December 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero – briefs: NGO informs US authorities regarding Mexico’s obligations under Mérida Initiative (26 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: NGO demands that Calderón observe sentence in case of Valentina Rosendo and Inés Fernández (28 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: Judge acquits attacker of Radio Ñomndaa Committee member; Interior Ministry evades compliance with sentencing in the case of Inés and Valentina (4 February 2011)

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