AI report: rape and sexual abuse ‘widespread’

(posted May 24, 8:00 a.m.)- Rape and sexual abuse “were widespread” in Nicaragua in 2012, according to Amnesty International’s 2012 annual report, released May 24.

Fatima Hernandez couldn't find any justice in Nicaragua after getting raped

“Rape and sexual abuse remained a concern,” the report on Nicaragua reads. “Despite this, in July the Supreme Court of Justice reduced the sentence imposed on Farinton Reyes for the rape in 2009 of his co-worker, Fátima Hernández, to four years’ imprisonment. The Court sought to justify its decision on the grounds that Farinton Reyes had committed the crime while under the influence of alcohol and in a state of sexual excitement that he could not control. The judges also argued that Fátima Hernández had acted permissively and co-operated in the rape.”

The Amnesty report says, “The failure to bring to justice those responsible for these crimes further entrenched impunity for gender-based violence in many countries and helped foster a climate where violence against women and girls was tolerated.”

The report notes that Chile, El Salvador and Nicaragua continued to ban abortion in all circumstances, including for girls and women pregnant as a result of rape or who experience life-threatening complications in their pregnancies.

“The total ban on all forms of abortion remained in force, giving rise to serious violations of the rights of women and girls,” the report reads.

The Amnesty report also noted that the independence of Nicaragua’s judiciary was “called into question,” and cited pre-election intimidation of reporters and post-election violence, “in which four people died and scores more were injured.”

The report also lists Nicaragua’s adult literacy rate at 78%, which seems to challenge the government’s claim to have eradicated illiteracy.

 

 

 

  • Upset ‘Not’

    Of course I’m concerned with the treatment of Women in Nicaragua and elsewhere but Amnesty International is little more than a joke these days. If you read into what they say about other countries and Syria and the UN it’s obvious they just ‘don’t have a clue’.