On January 25, a judge acquitted the attacker of one of the members of the Radio Ñomndaa Committee. After a process that had been prolonged for more than 10 years, the court exonerated José Luis Rocha Ramírez, the Secretary of municipal government in Xochistlahuaca and brother of the local cacique, Aceadeth Rocha Ramírez, who on January 9, 2001 attacked Silverio Matías Domínguez, member of the Radio Ñomndaa Committee, causing him to lose and eye.
The press release of the Radio Ñomndaa Committee and the Human Rights Center of the Montaña Tlachinollan emphasized: “The absolution of José Luis Rocha Ramírez not only consolidates the impunity but rather it also shows that Judicial Power in Guerrero represents the interests of the caciques in the Costa Chica region of the state and of the current deputy Aceadeth Rocha Ramírez. In this sense, it cannot be ignored that the ruling adds to the decision in September by the same judge, Alderete Cruz, (…) which condemned Genaro Cruz Apóstal, former agrarian authority, as well as David Valtierra Arango and Silverio Matías Domínguez, members of the Radio Ñomndaa Committee, imposing a sentence of more than three years in prison and a fine of 753 thousand pesos for a fabricated crime, following a false accusation that came from cacique, Aceadeth Rocha Ramírez. Taken together, the two sentences illustrate how methods of enforcement and administration are conducted with partiality in Guerrero, severely criminalizing human rights defenders even in the absence of evidence and concealing the impunity of those in power, in spite of the existence of substantial evidence.”
Finally, in an article by CIMAC News from January 26 (Journalism with gender perspective), it was noted that, to date, the Interior Ministry has evaded compliance with the Inter-American Court’s (CoIDH) ruling on the cases of Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú ,Mephaa women raped by members of the military in 2002. Omeheira López Reyna, head of the Unit for Defense and Promotion of Human Rights of the Interior Ministry, reported that the orders asked of the CoIDH for an interpretation of both sentences in which the Court ordered the Mexican government to transfer the investigations of both cases – which are currently under military jurisdiction – to civil procedure.
Undoubtedly, there is a remedy provided in the American Convention of Human Rights. López Reina acknowledged that this petition before the Court delayed the implementation of the deliberations about compliance with the two sentences. For his part, Agustín Martín, attorney for the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), an organization that litigated these cases before the Inter-American system, recalled that sentences cannot be appealed and that this is not the first time that the Mexican state has questioned CoIDH mandates.
For more information:
Nuevamente, el Poder Judicial de Guerrero exhibe su parcialidad contra los defensores indígenas (Boletín de prensa del Comité Radio Ñomdaa y del Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 27 de enero)
Segob evade cumplir sentencia por caso Inés y Valentina (CIMAC, 26 de enero)
Weblog about the cases of Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo: http://justiciaporinesyvalentina.wordpress.com/
For more information from SIPAZ:
Guerrero – breves: Piden apoyo para caso de Radio Ñomndaa; SCJN atrae amparo pedido por familiares de Rosendo Radilla; 4 meses de desaparición de activista Victor Ayala; Debate entre candidatos a la gobernatura estatal: 18 de enero (17 de enero)