Three years after having been presented, the case of 11 women who were victimized by sexual and verbal violence on the part of police after been arrested in San Salvador Atenco, state of Mexico, in May 2006 was accepted on 4 November by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). They were part of the 47 arrested women (out of a total of 207) in the operations ordered by the then PRI presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto. At the time, there were denounced 26 rapes, but only 14 were denounced before the Special Prosecutorial Office for Attention to Crimes Related to Acts of Violence against Women (Fevim). In light of the lack of results in the demand for justice, only 11 requested that the IACHR admit the case, as it finally did.
The Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights (Prodh Center), legal representative with the Center for Justice and International Law (Cejil) of those attacked, celebrated the decision of the IACHR. It denounced that “the admission of the case represents a substantive advance in the large path national and international taken by those victimized by sexual torture. Doubtless, the national and international solidarity that has been expressed over more than 5 years has allowed that these women continue resisting in light of the sexual torture used by the State as a strategy to demobilize and generate fear. The case is paradigmatic of the institutional violence exercised by the Mexican state, and the struggle for justice is for all women.”
The IACHR decision opens the possibility that the case pass eventually to the Inter-American Court on Human Rights.
For more information (in Spanish):
Admite la CIDH caso de las mujeres agredidas en Atenco (9 November 2011)
CIDH admite el Caso de las Mujeres que sufrieron Tortura Sexual de Atenco (Boletín de prensa, CentroProDH, 8 November 2011)
Admite la CIDH caso de mujeres ultrajadas en Atenco (Proceso, 8 November 2011)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):