Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera @ El Universal
The Secretary of Governance (Segob) published on Tuesday 7 June in the Official Diary of the Federation (DOF) the sentence handed down by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) in the case of Cabrera García and Montiel Flores against Mexico, in which this international organism condemned the Mexican State and demanded that it pay reparations due to the cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of these two. The sentence finds the state responsible for the abuses directed against Teodoro Cabrera García and Rodolfo Montiel Flores while they found themselves detained in the custody of Army soldiers. Furthermore, due to the lack of expeditious presentation before a judge and for the irregularities throughout the legal process. The IACHR finds the Mexican State guilty of having engaged in insufficient investigations into denunciations of torture, as well as the use of military courts within the investigation of human-rights violations committed in 1999.
These two ecologist-campesinos who worked to halt illegal logging in the sierra of Petatlán were detained by the army on 2 May 1999 in Pizotla, Guerrero, and were subjected to five days of torture and abuse before being presented to a judge who found them guilty of carrying firearms and cultivating marijuana.
For more information (in Spanish):
Gobierno mexicano acata fallo de la Corte IDH por caso campesinos ecologistas, EPA-European Pressphoto Agency, 7 June 2011
Estado mexicano publica sentencia de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos por caso de campesinos ecologistas, Periodismo transversal, 8 June 2011
Cabrera García y Montiel Flores vs México 26 de noviembre de 2011, SEGOB, 7 June 2011
Sentencia de la CIDH caso Cabrera García y Montiel Flores vs. México, 26 November 2010
Publican en el DOF sentencia de CIDH, La Jornada, 8 June 2011
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):