Guerrero/National: SCJN affirms observance of IACHR sentences in the Radilla and Cantú cases; campaign against military impunity

Via the Secretary of Governance, the Judicial Power of the Federation sent a report to the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) in which it informs that the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) has punctually observed the IACHR’s sentences in the cases of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco (forced disappearance) and Valentina Rosendo Cantú (rape by soldiers). The SCJN stressed in its report the recent resolutions adopted by the Court with regards to the restriction of military courts, as well as the implementation of programs and courses having to do with jurisprudence of the Inter-American System for Protection of Human Rights, regarding the due investigation and judgment of the forced disappearance of persons and the diligent investigation of cases of rape against women, which includes considerations of gender and ethnicity.

It should be remembered that on 1 October 2012 two years will have passed since the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) released its sentences in the cases of Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú, both against the Mexican State.  For this reason, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights has launched a new campaign, requesting signatures for a letter to be sent to President Felipe Calderón.  Tlachinollan notes that “To date, grave risks prevail with regard to the observance of the measures of compensation of damages incurred on the part of the federal government, due to the human-rights violations committed.  It is particularly alarming that despite the fact that the investigations have been transferred to civil courts since a year ago, to date there are no indications that those responsible will be judged and punished in the near term.  This is a result of the fact that the Secretary of National Defense has decided not to cooperate now for more than ten years.  The failures of military impunity persist.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Reporta SCJN cumplimiento a resoluciones de CIDH en casos Radilla y Cantú (La Jornada, 23 de septiembre de 2012)

Asegura la SCJN haber cumplido sentencias de la CIDH en los casos Radilla y Cantú (La Jornada, 24 de septiembre de 2012)

Campaña del Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan “Contra la impunidad militar: Verdad, justicia y reparación para Inés Fernández y Valentina Rosendo” (septiembre de 2012)

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