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Women Testify Against Mexican Police For Sexual Torture In International Court

Policemen assign on protesters in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico, in May 2006, in efforts to reestablish sequence in a city. Two people died and many were abused in a conflict that pennyless out when military attempted to mislay peddlers from a city and adjacent Texcoco.

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Policemen assign on protesters in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico, in May 2006, in efforts to reestablish sequence in a city. Two people died and many were abused in a conflict that pennyless out when military attempted to mislay peddlers from a city and adjacent Texcoco.

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On Thursday and Friday, 5 women testified before a Inter-American Court for Human Rights and demanded an review per passionate woe during a hands of Mexican military forces. The abuse happened in May 2006 following a strife between protesters and state army in a state of Mexico.

There are 11 women concerned in a case, seeking probity for abuse they suffered in a towns of San Salvador Atenco and Texcoco. During a military crackdown on demonstrators, systematic by then-governor, and stream president, Enrique Peña Nieto, dual people were killed and many were injured. The women contend they were beaten, tortured and raped following a confrontation.

During a probity proceedings, that were posted online, a Mexican supervision pronounced a state famous a abuse and supposed shortcoming in 2013, charity financial reparations to a women. The “Women of Atenco,” as they are called, refused a offer, observant they wanted those obliged to be hold accountable instead. To date, no one has been hold accountable for a violence.

In a courtroom

As Norma Aidé Jiménez Osorio took a stand, her annoy was manifest and roughly infectious. Armed with a self-assurance for justice, she began testifying to a Costa Rica-based court. She explained how she was beaten and abused by a officials.

“Some police, we am not certain how many — we consider there were some-more than 3 — began aggressive me,” Jimenez Osorio said. She described in fact how a officers intimately abused her.

“When they finished, they invited a others to do a same,” she said.

The Agustin Pro Juarez Center for Human Rights, a authorised classification representing a 11 women, presented a box to a Inter-American Commission for Human Rights. Last year, a elect motionless to send a case to a Inter-American Court for Human Rights.

“The Mexican supervision condemns any violations of tellurian rights within or outward a territory,” pronounced Uriel Salas, representing a Mexican supervision in court. “Particularly, we reject any acts of taste and violence.”

The 2006 clash

On May 3, 2006, military prevented a organisation of flower vendors from offered during a marketplace in Texcoco. According to Narco News, a vendors belonged to a People’s Front in Defense of a Land (FPDT), and were vigourously pounded by military forces.

A protester who clashed with state demonstration military in a city of San Salvador Atenco is taken into a Santiaguito jail in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico in 2006. Hundreds of military dismissed rip gas and pushed by tellurian barricades to take control of a town.

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A protester who clashed with state demonstration military in a city of San Salvador Atenco is taken into a Santiaguito jail in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico in 2006. Hundreds of military dismissed rip gas and pushed by tellurian barricades to take control of a town.

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In response, demonstrators took over a city block of San Salvador Atenco in a state of Mexico, The New York Times reports. Current Mexican President Peña Nieto was administrator of a state during a time and systematic state military to relieve a protests, heading to a two-day strife where many were harmed and dual were killed, including a 14-year-old boy.

As a quarrel escalated, people from all over a nation arrived to join a protest, including Jimenez Osorio, nearing from Mexico City. She was 23 years old, study cosmetic humanities and says she went to a city in a “grand act of solidarity.”

State and sovereign military arrested some-more than 200 people following a two-day ordeal, El País reports. According to a press recover by a authorised classification representing a women, 47 women pronounced they were intimately abused by police.

This was not a initial time a quarrel happened in San Salvador Atenco. As NPR reported in 2002, townspeople led by a FPDT resisted a construction of an airfield in a infamous fight.

Aftermath

The 5 Women of Atenco who presented their harrowing testimonies to a probity pronounced a issue of a abuse was also horrific. They were incarcerated, with dual of a women spending dual years behind bars. According to their testimonies, they were called “liars” by a supervision when they attempted to news a abuse.

Jimenez Osorio pronounced she attempted to lapse to her art after being expelled from jail though was incompetent to do so since of a pain in her hands. During her arrest, officials had damaged her fingers with a baton; a pain she practice when formulating art reminds her of a beatings and passionate abuse.

“Sexual woe destroys lives, destroys families and whole communities,” she concluded:

“And a flourishing victims have had to reconstruct themselves, alone. But we can't forget a state was responsible. It is critical to permit everybody obliged for these events. We are not requesting anything extraordinary. We are looking for a truth, we are looking for justice. And we wish certainty that this will not be repeated. After all a pain we’ve been forced to live with, this is a smallest they could do.”

In a press recover from a Mexican government, they pronounced a state has taken “diverse actions of a constructional impression to correct a pain and hedge a exercise of identical acts.”

In a news by Reuters, a news group pronounced a final statute on a box could take months.

Jose Olivares is a Digital News intern.