During the final third of 2013, the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) arrested four soldiers from the Mexican Army who in February and March 2002 presumably raped the Guerrerense indigenous women Valentina Rosendo Cantú and Inés Fernández Ortega. In both cases, the Mexican State was judged and found guilty by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights in August 2010. Three of the four subjects remained as soldiers at the time of their arrests.
In a 9 January 2014 press release, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights announced the beginning of the legal processes on the charges of rape, torture, and abuse of authority, among others. The bulletin emphasized that “this decisive step toward justice for Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú, nearly twelve years since the occurrence of the acts, would have been impossible without the resolve of the two Me’phaa women. In this sense, it is an emblematic triumph for all women who, despite the obstacles and adversities, raise their voices and denounce violence.” Tlachinollan demanded that “the security and integrity of both women, their families, and their representatives be guaranteed. Toward this end, it will be indispensable that national and international public opinion continue following the course of the trials which have just begun.“
For more information (in Spanish):
COMUNICADO | Comienzan procesos penales contra probables responsables de las violaciones graves de Derechos Humanos cometidas contra Inés Fernández y Valentina Rosendo (Tlachinollan, 9 de enero de 2014)
Capturan a militares por violar a indígenas hace 12 años (Animal político, 6 de enero de 2014)
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