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Wednesday December 28, 2011

STUDY: Justice Elusive for Women Victims of Sexual Violence in Central America

STUDY: Justice Elusive for Women Victims of Sexual Violence in Central America

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) publishes today the Report Access to Justice for Women Victims of Sexual Violence in Mesoamerica.

The report analyzes the multiple dimensions of the problem of sexual violence and its treatment by the justice systems of the Mesoamerican region, with a special emphasis on Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

The women victims of sexual violence encounter serious obstacles in endeavoring to get access to adequate and effective justice. These obstacles are impediments to the full enjoyment of women’s human rights, which is protected under inter-American and international human rights instruments; they also represent a failure on the part of the States to honor their obligation to act with the due diligence required to prevent, investigate, prosecute, punish and redress acts of violence committed against women. 

The IACHR has observed that sexual violence is not an isolated phenomenon confined to the Mesoamerican region.  It is instead a multidimensional problem that affects every country in the Americas.

The report includes recommendations oriented to promote State interventions to prevent, investigate, prosecute and redress acts of sexual violence promptly and effectively.