A Call to Indigenous Womens Organizations to Stop Violence Against Triquis Women
Posted on: Thursday, July 30, 2009
From MADRE's partner organization, the International Indigenous Women's Forum (IIWF/FIMI).
On July 5, 2007, sisters Virginia and Daniela Ortiz Ramirez, residents of a Triqui town located in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, were seen for the last time. Two years later, their case remains unresolved despite numerous legal complaints filed by both the national and international community. During this time, the family members of the Ortiz Ramirez sisters have suffered under the government of Oaxaca: received poor treatment, delayed legal actions, and ultimately, the case was dismissed even though the Federal Congress and various other human rights institutions such as the Interamerican Commission for Human Rights, and the International Civil Commission for Human Rights called for its resolution.
This incident is not an isolated example; the violence against Triqui women has claimed many lives. For decades, Triqui women have been victims of kidnappings, threats, injuries, violations, assassinations, and other forms of violence. There are yet to be any attempts to afford them justice or to stop these acts that impinge on the ability of Indigenous women to exercise and enjoy their right to justice.
This violence provides a framework to better understand this historical conflict. The Triqui community has historically fought for the right of Indigenous peoples to self determination, especially after 1948, when the government revoked their territorial autonomy. As a result of the continued presence of military and the permanent attacks authorized by the state and other local political tyrants against community members, the Triqui peoples mobilized - but not together. These actions, which were carried out by the government deliberately generated an internal division in local society, which caused violent disputes and political infighting for leadership power and territorial control.
We know that the solution is not only in access to justice when all Triqui women have rights, but in these women's ability to access justice. This justice should be decided solely by the members of each Triqui community along with the process of eradicating the violence against these women. This should be done in a covert manner similar to other international human rights bodies Based on these ideas, we urge Indigenous womens organizations in Mexico and Latin America to:
- Stop immediately all violence against Triqui women. We trust that the Triqui villages know how to protect their women and children against all forms of violence and dignify the role of women in relation to community development.
- Bring to justice cases that have remained unresolved such as the case of the Ortiz Ramirez sisters, Teresa Bautista Merino, and Felicitas Martinez Si¡nchez, two Triqui spokespeople who were assassinated last year, and all the pending or unresolved cases of Triqui women who have been violated. We demand that local and federal authorities uphold the law without generating more violence in this zone.
- Protect the families of victims through the establishment of effective legal processes, methods, and bodies.
- Inform us publicly of any advances that transpire in relation to the investigation of the whereabouts of Virginia and Daniela Ortiz Ramirez.
Archives"Press Room" Home September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 July 2006 June 2006 April 2006 March 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 April 2005 March 2005 November 2004 October 2004 April 2004 March 2004 January 2004 December 2003 October 2003 September 2003 June 2003 April 2003 January 2003 September 2002 June 2002 January 2002 November 2001 October 2001 September 2001 August 2001 January 2001
MADRE & Our Partners Make News
Peru TV slammed by UN as racial stereotypes paraded for cheap laughs (The Guardian, September 3, 2014)
In Iraq, women 'are the battlefield' (Women Under Siege , August 12, 2014)
Haitian woman faces death threats for speaking out about violence against women (WBEZ Worldview, July 16, 2014)
Media Spotlight Turns Away from Iraq, as Concerns Mount Over Human Rights and Political Stalemate (Uprising Radio, July 11, 2014)
Iraq: The women left behind (Aljazeera, July 3, 2014)