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Guatemala, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) Calixto Simon Cun, accused of physical aggression against his wife, will be the first Guatemalan citizen to be tried according to the Law against Femicide and Other Forms of Violence against Women, it was reported here.
The trial will begin on Tuesday at the Seventh Criminal Court in Guatemala City, and the defendant might be sentenced to 12 years in prison, according to Women Attorney's Office chief Yolanda Sandoval.
On June 2, 2008, Simon Cun was arrested on the street as he was beating his wife, 34-year-old Vilma Angelica de la Cruz
As a result of the beating, his wife suffers from a knee injury and back problems.
Women's leader Andrea Barrios said the trial lays the foundation in the fight against escalating violence against women.
Last year alone, 722 women were murdered and, according to the investigations, many of the murders were preceded by physical violence at home.
Fundacion Sobrevivientes (Foundation Survivors) Director Norma Cruz told Prensa Latina that about ten cases might be tried this year, a small amount compared to the number of women who have been killed as a result of gender violence.
In April 2008, the Guatemalan Parliament approved the law, which establishes 25-50-year prison terms for femicide charges and 5-12 years in jail for sexual, physical or psychological violence.
However, the first trial under that law will take place ten months after approval of the legislation.
Guatemala has one of the world's highest rates of violence against women, reporting 4,000 such crimes since 2000.
.....this is a glorious day for the women of Guatemala who thought they never had a voice or a chance to finally step up to their coward spouses and the law.
via amnestyusa. org
30 January 2009
A law to protect women in Mexico has had no impact in the two years since its inception, leaving the safety of many Mexican women at risk.
On the second anniversary of the passing of the General Law on Women's Access to a Life Free From Violence, the majority of Mexico's 32 states have failed to properly implement the legislation.
"There is a clear and deplorable lack of state-level commitment to implement the General Law on Women's Access to a Life Free From Violence," said Kerrie Howard, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for the Americas. "In practice, this lack of commitment means that the safety and lives of thousands of women are put in jeopardy.
Although the law came into effect two years ago, two states have still not approved it – Guanajuato and Oaxaca.
Of the 30 states that have passed the law, few have implemented some of its main requirements:
• Only five have complied with the obligation to establish implementation mechanisms – essential for the law to be put into practice.
• Only 20 have an agency coordination mechanism for preventing violence against women, as stipulated by the law. Those mechanisms that are in existence have not published their progress with regard to eradicating violence against women, nor their strategies for achieving this.
• Only two new shelters for domestic violence victims are being built by state authorities – one in Durango and one in Sonora – despite the law's clear stipulation that states must "promote the creation of shelters for victims".
According to information received by Amnesty International, there are a total of 60 shelters for women victims of violence in Mexico. This number is still completely inadequate in relation to the demand.
Women's organisations in states such as Chihuahua, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Morelos and Sonora have emphasised the high level of violence against women and the administration's lack of effectiveness in preventing and punishing it.
Amnesty International has called on the Mexican authorities to create and implement criminal investigation protocols for use by staff of the public prosecutor's office, the police and experts when dealing with women filing complaints of abuse. These protocols must include an obligation to provide sufficient protection to guarantee the safety of the woman and her family.
"The federal government has, through INMUJERES, prioritised a harmonisation of state legislation with national and international regulations. This is a necessary step but it is clear that progress in implementing measures to improve access to the justice and security of the General Law has, for the vast majority of state governments, been limited or even non-existent," said Kerrie Howard.
"If the basic requirements of the federal law are not fulfilled at state level, the law will remain a dead letter. Women in Mexico deserve much more than this, and each and every authority has the duty to take all measures necessary to ensure that violence against women is tackled effectively.