Inés and Valentina demanding justice (@ Tlachinollan)
The two Me’phaa indigenous women Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú, victims of torture and rape at the hands of soldiers in 2002, reported at a press-conference held on 28 July that they have visited the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and the Secretary of National Defense to request that their cases be investigated in civil tribunals rather than military ones, as is presently occurring.
More than 8 months after the IACHR ordered the Mexican State to transfer the investigations to the PGR, to date they have been carried out under military jurisdiction, and the progress in the investigations has amounted to nothing. “How is it possible that I have been demanding justice for several years and no one has been detained for abusing me?” asks Inés.
Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, lawyer for Tlachinollan, explained that in light of the recent resolution by the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) handed down on 12 July declaring that military courts should not take on cases of human-rights violations involving the presumed participation of soldiers, the PGR and the Sedena are obliged to take on and decline the investigations respectively. He noted that the cases of Inés and valentina cannot continue in military courts, as this would show that the Executive is eluding its international obligations and the ruling of the SCJN so as to promote military impunity.
In other news, on the occasion of the official visit by the Rapporteur for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) on Rights of Migrant Workers and Family-members, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights presented information regarding the situation of vulnerability suffered by agricultural day laborers who leave their communities every so often in search of work. During the reunion between Felipe González and organizations of civil society, Tlachinollan reiterated the necessity of creating lines of work that would make visible the situation of the agricultural day laborers in the country and called on the agency to integrate into its report the pertinent recommendations to the Mexican State so as to end the human-rights violations of thousands of laborers working in the agricultural camps of Mexico.
According to Tlachinollan, during the last 13 years some 388,000 laborers have emigrated from indigenous zones of the state of Guerrero; nearly half of these are minors. For this reason the problem of migration affects not only adults or parents of families but instead involves entire families. This phenomenon affects communal life, transforms familial roles, decimates systems of social organizations, and imperils the life of each family and that of indigenous peoples.
For more information (in Spanish):
Inés Fernández Ortega y Valentina Rosendo Cantú demandan formalmente a la PGR y a la PGJM que sus casos sean investigados en el fuero civil (Boletin de Prensa Tlachinollan, 28 July 2011)
Exigen Valentina e Inés que militares que las atacaron sean juzgados por civiles (La Jornada Guerrero, 29 July 2011)
Piden Valentina e Inés a la PGR que militares que las violaron sean investigados por autoridades civiles (El Sur de Acapulco, 29 July 2011)
Inés y Valentina demandan que sus casos sean investigados en el fuero civil (Centro ProDH, 29 July 2011)
Inés y Valentina demandan a la PGR y a la PJM que sus casos sean investigados en el fuero civil (Invitación a Conferencia de Prensa)
ONGs advierten que la sentencia sobre el fuero militar no es opcional(CNN México, 29 July)
Presentan información sobre jornaleros agrícolas al relator sobre trabajadores migrantes (Boletín de Prensa Tlachinollan, 26 July)
Piden a la CIDH interceder por jornaleros agrícolas (La Jornada de Guerrero, 27 July 2011)