Hiding Under the Bed Is Not the Answer

State-Sanctioned Violence Against Women

Jovita Martínez García, from the village Pensamiento Liberal Mexicano in Oaxaca, Mexico is 20. She is currently in prison charged with negligent homicide in case of the death of her newborn baby last year.

Her case illustrates how the state aids and abets violence against woman. Jovita’s partner, Salvador Julián López, was abusive and violent prior to the birth. He took the child from her arms and murdered her as mother and baby were leaving hospital. Jovita is charged with not doing anything to prevent this. No allowance is being made for the fact that she was postpartum from a Caesarian section and thus unable to walk properly let alone fend off a man who had a history of violence towards her.

Jovita has been in prison since June 2013. There is a petition calling for her immediate release on Avaaz. I urge all you to sign.

Filed under: Human Rights in Mexico, Violence Against Women, ,

Soldiers Accused of Raping Two Indigenous Women Finally Arrested After Twelve Years

For context read this blog post post from October 2010.

The soldiers accused of raping Valentina Rosendo Cantú and Inés Fernández Ortega in Guerrero, Mexico, have finally been arrested and charged, three years after the Inter American Court of Human Rights ordered that the Mexican State prosecute the military soldiers responsible for the rape and torture of these two indigenous women and twelve years after the crimes were committed. It remains to be seen if they will be condemned or even tried, as the Mexican military is openly hostile to the prosecution of military men in civilian courts and until now, the Supreme Court has supported this military fuero ( see here for details).

For more information (in Spanish) see this report.

Filed under: Human Rights in Mexico, Politics, Violence Against Women, , ,

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