On October 1 the Court issued a ruling recognizing that gross human rights violations were committed against both women and their relatives. These violations include impunity for those responsible for the abuses as well the harassment of both the people who have supported the women in their search for justice. The decision categorically stated that both women were raped, and identified serious flaws in the treatment of Inés and Valentina in the investigation of their abuses.
The Court also criticized the State’s attitude towards both women and demanded that certain measures be taken to re-open the criminal investigation, investigate the officials who undermined the investigations, strengthen procedures for investigating rape cases, improve medical care provided to the direct victims and provide redress for both the women, their relatives and community. The Court also emphasized Mexico’s obligation to stop applying military justice when investigating and prosecuting members of the army for human rights violations.
Amnesty International urges the Mexican federal and state authorities to immediately implement all necessary measures to comply with the new judgments made against Mexico by the Inter-American Court with regard to violence against women. It is time to bring justice for Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú!
Claire Lesikar, Campaign for Individuals at Risk, contributed to this post.