Guerrero: After 16 Years, Soldiers who Raped Valentina Rosendo Cantu May Be Sentenced

Valentina.pngValentina Rosendo Cantu (@Tlachinollan)

The Seventh District Court of Guerrero received the case of the indigenous me’phaa Valentina Rosendo Cantu, who 16 years ago was the victim of torture and rape by members of the Army. It is expected that in the near future it will issue a sentence that “could make Valentina’s long search for justice come true”, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL in its Spanish acronym) reported on May 22nd. They stressed that this resolution is relevant “because of the current context where the unconstitutionality and human rights violations that would be brought by the Internal Security Law are debated, which authorizes the participation of the elements of the army in public security activities.”

In 2010, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) issued a judgment against the Mexican State for its lack of response to provide justice in this case. In 2011, it led to a public apology by the State to Valentina Rosendo.

Valentina’s case could “represent a watershed in the defense of women’s human rights nationally and internationally, as it set precedents for the development of the terms “sexual torture” and “institutional military violence,” Tlachinollan and CEJIL said.

For more information in Spanish:

Poder Judicial tiene “oportunidad histórica” para dar primer fallo por tortura sexual en caso Valetina Rosendo: ONG (Proceso, 22 de mayo de 2018)

Con 16 años de retraso, Guerrero sentenciará a militares que torturaron y violaron a una joven indígena (Sin Embargo, 22 de mayo de 2018)

Tras 16 años, sigue buscando justicia indígena violada por militares (Quadratin Guerrero, 22 de mayo de 2018)

PRONUNCIAMIENTO | Próxima sentencia en el caso Valentina Rosendo Cantú, oportunidad única de frenar la impunidad en casos de abusos militares: Observatorio Internacional sobre México (Observatorio de OSC Internacionales, 25 de mayo de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero : Caso de Valentina Rosendo Cantu esperando sentencia en el sistema de justicia mexicana (21 de mayo de 2018)

Guerrero: Inicio de los procesos penales en contra de militares, presuntos responsables en los casos de Inés Fernández y Valentina Rosendo (9 de enero de 2014)

Guerrero: ONGs exigen a Peña Nieto que se cumplan las sentencias de Inés Fernández y Valentina Rosendo (30 de enero de 2013)

Guerrero: Valentina Rosendo e Inés Fernández reciben reconocimiento por su lucha (14 de noviembre de 2012)

Guerrero: A dos años de sentencias de Corte Interamericana, siguen impunes los casos de Inés y Valentina (5 de octubre de 2012)

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