The women survivors of sexual torture by police officers in the case of San Salvador Atencoin the State of Mexico, asked this Tuesday, 16 years after the event, for this practice to be eradicated and impunity to end.
“16 years after the acts that led to the sexual torture of several women in San Salvador Atencoit is the survivors who they continue to demand that impunity be reversed and that this practice be eradicatedso that there are no more women in the country who experience violations of their human rights by security elements,” the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center (Prodh Center) said in a statement.
The newsletter reported that the “justice” and “non-repetition” measures for surviving women are still in forcefacing a context “where sexual torture is a practice that persists”.
This is reflected by data from the National Survey of Persons Deprived of Liberty (ENPOL) 2021which reveals that the 64.4% of women deprived of liberty mention having suffered some act of violence after arrest and before arriving before the Public Ministry.
“For this reason, it is essential comply with the sentence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CorteIDH) in the case of Women Victims of Sexual Torture in Atenco vs. Mexico”, the text remarked.
It is a resolution in which, among other measures, it ordered the investigation and sanction of all state and federal elements, including the chain of command, to create an independent observatory on the use of force of police institutions at the federal level (today the National Guard) and to strengthen the Follow-up Mechanism for cases of Sexual Torture.
“Three years after the ruling, the most substantive of these measures remain unfulfilled”lamented the Prodh Center.
On the other hand, given that the security institutions “make arbitrary and excessive use of force”, including lethal force, the need to establish an Independent Observatory on the Use of Force also remains in force, as ordered in its sentence the Inter-American Court, he added.
“Surviving women continue to fight for a serious and diligent investigation into sexual torturewhich considers all the responsibilities for the human rights violations committed in the operation of May 3 and 4, “he stressed.
However, the Prosecutor’s Office of the State of Mexico “continues to lavish impunitywithout the Attorney General of the Republic decisively promoting access to justice”, he concluded.
On May 3 and 4, 2006, when Enrique Peña Nieto was Governor of the State of Mexico, police elements of the entity carried out an operation in San Salvador Atencowith the intention of dissolving the protest movement that arose in rejection of the construction of the Mexico City Airport that was intended to be built in Texcoco.
During the operation, two people died, dozens of women were abused and more than 200 people were arrested.
The women not only suffered illegal and arbitrary detention by the police in the municipality of San Salvador Atenco and in Texcoco, but also suffered physical, psychological and sexual torture, as well as lack of access to justice, among other offenses. human rights.
The case became one of the most emblematic in Mexico in terms of human rights violations and impunity.
With information from EFE
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16 years after the Atenco case: women survivors of police sexual torture asked for justice and to eradicate this practice