Do victims want justice?

Do victims want justice?

Access to justice for women victims of violence in the americas

One might think that the people who visit the complex suffer from the normal ailments one encounters in any health center in the world. However, all of these visitors hide a heartbreaking story.

“I came across my village attackers again in Bunia when I was returning from fishing. They kidnapped me and took me to their camp. There they forced me to rape two women, in shifts, day and night. If I refused, they threatened me and beat me,” he said.

“The women and I spent four days like that, without much to eat. One day, my captors sent me to collect water in the forest, and that’s when I managed to escape and return to Bunia. I did not find my son even though I reached Bunia IDP camp. This is where I am currently living and where I learned about the work SOFEPADI is doing.”

The staff at the Karibuni Wa Mama (Welcome, Mothers) medical center helps heal many wounds, physical and psychological, and goes beyond healing survivors. The center is managed by the NGO Solidarité feminine pour la paix et le développement intégral (Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integral Development), SOFEPADI.

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On March 08, 2017, the Women’s Justice Center of the State of Baja Californias Sur was inaugurated, impacting the eradication of violence against women and favoring their access to justice.

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The Justice Center for Women of the State of Baja California Sur, is the concentration in a single instance of inter-institutional and specialized services to facilitate access to justice and provide comprehensive care with a gender perspective to women who have been victims of crimes related to gender violence, in coordination with government agencies and civil society organizations.

At the CJM, professionals from different agencies who are constantly trained carry out coordinated and effective work to assist victims, their daughters and sons, in order to increase access to justice. This work requires permanent communication and coordination between institutions.

To provide services through comprehensive and interdisciplinary intervention actions through inter-institutional and civil society collaboration strategies so that women victims of gender-based violence and their minor children have access to justice, are guaranteed the full exercise of all their rights and resume their life project with a gender perspective.

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Under the terms of Law 975 of 2005 and its Regulatory Decrees and International Humanitarian Law, victims have the right to truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-repetition. These rights become effective when they are given the opportunity to participate during the process to ask questions, provide evidence, denounce assets of the organized illegal armed groups or their members, provide and receive information, formulate their claim for comprehensive reparation, among other forms of intervention.

The right to the truth: This is the inalienable right of society and especially the victims to know the reality of the acts committed by the armed groups, their perpetrators and causes, and to know what happened to their disappeared or kidnapped relatives and their whereabouts.

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The Criminal Chamber of the Court has specified that in the case of transitional justice, truth is not only an individual right but also a collective right. The confession is the mechanism to guarantee the right to the truth, even in International Humanitarian Law.

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Guatemalan journalist Sonia Pérez reflects on the role of the media in covering the serious human rights violations in her country during the civil war.

In its coverage, the press has replicated the tragedy and pain of the victims. But this did not happen during the war, when these grave crimes were perpetrated. The press was self-censored and gave in to censorship, such as that decreed during regimes like that of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt (1982-1983). The conflict was then reported from the military narrative.

But the case that put the finger on the sore point of the country’s history was the trial against Efraín Ríos Montt for the genocide of 1,771 Ixil indigenous civilians, accused of being “guerrilla collaborators and, therefore, enemies of the army”. It was his trial that put Guatemalan justice to the test and showed how the power and influence of a military and politician can stop the path of justice. The coverage was massive and international and from the voices of witnesses, experts, lawyers, prosecutors, victims and perpetrators.

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