Mexico Ordered To Pay Damages To Two Indigenous Women Raped By Soldiers

Tlapa, Guerero, in Mexico.
Tlapa, Guerero, in Mexico.
Tlapa, Guerero, in Mexico.

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Top Story — In two separate rulings, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights condemned the Mexican government and ordered it to pay damages to two indigenous women who were raped in 2002 by soldiers.

The court said that Mexico failed to guarantee the rights to personal integrity, dignity and legal protection of Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo, both from the southern Mexican state of Guerrero.

Mexico, which has to publicly acknowledge its responsibility, must also compensate both women and publish the court rulings in Spanish and the women’s indigenous language, Me’phaa. The Mexican government promised to fulfill the demands of the court ruling.

“The government of Mexico reiterates its full commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, in particular to combat violence against women and girls,” according to a statement released by Mexico’s Interior Department, The Associated Press reports.

In the case of Valentina Rosendo, the court set a total of $100,500 the indemnity to which she would be entitled for material damages, immaterial damages and trial costs and the figure established for Fernandez’s case was $128,000.

Rosendo, who was 17 in 2002, was approached by eight soldiers while washing clothes in a river. After she could not provide information about a masked suspect, she was beaten and raped.

Fernández was accosted a month later by 11 soldiers, asking about her husband. When she didn’t respond because she did not speak Spanish, the soldiers raped her. A Mexican military investigation of the two cases resulted in no charges being filed.

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