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[16days_discussion] JUSTICE FOR OUR MEXICAN SISTERS! JUSTICE FOR WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN MEXICO!

Tanggol Bai tanggolbai at gmail.com
Sat Feb 12 00:48:10 EST 2011


PRESS STATEMENT

6 February 2011



Reference:   Cristina Palabay, Tanggol Bayi Convenor

                   Lorraine Bermejo, Tanggol Bayi Advocacy officer



*JUSTICE FOR OUR MEXICAN SISTERS! JUSTICE FOR WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
IN MEXICO!*


We at Tanggol Bayi (Defend Women), an association of women human rights
defenders in the Philippines, stand in solidarity with Inés Fernández Ortega
and Valentina Rosendo Cantú, their families, friends, and with the
organizations worldwide in condemning the human rights violations committed
by members of the Mexican militia against Inés and Valentina in 2002. Inés
and Valentina, two indigenous women from the Me'phaa nation in Guerrero,
Mexico, have shown great courage in speaking out and demanding justice
amidst threats and harassment.

We likewise condemn the Mexican government for evading its responsibility in
the violations and failing to ensure the safety of the two women and their
families. As signatory to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the International Covenants on Civil
and Political Rights (ICCPR) and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
(ICESCR), as well as party to the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders,
the government of Mexico is legally obliged by these international human
rights instruments to recognize, protect and uphold the rights of women
within its borders. It is both saddening and appalling to know that the
state is ironically the one perpetuating human rights violations and then
turning a deaf ear when found accountable.

Tanggol Bayi is one with Inés and Valentina in calling on the Mexican
government to promptly comply with and enforce the decisions of the
Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and thus finally give Ines and
Valentina the justice they are owed and have long struggled for. Tanggol
Bayi joins the ringing voices of women worldwide in upholding, promoting and
defending women’s rights.

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Tanggol Bai is an association of women human rights defenders in the
Philippines to advance *women’s rights as human rights. *Tanggol Bai is
formed to further develop the capability of women human rights defenders to
protect and advance women’s, human and peoples’ rights while giving special
attention to the rights of WHRDs; to provide a venue by which WHRDs can give
mutual assistance to one another especially to those who are facing
immediate threats; provide information and facilitate HR education to WHRDs
to even better sensitize them to violations of political, civil, economic,
social and cultural rights; through common effort, enable WHRDs to
effectively forward policies and legislations, fight for their rights and
generate resources for the needs of their human rights advocacy; and network
with other human rights organizations in the country and abroad.
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