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Unpublished decision condemns Venezuela to compensate Linda Loaiza

November 18, 2018, 01:50

IACHR held the Venezuelan state responsible for negligence and crime in the case of Linda Loaiza López Soto, who was kidnapped, tortured, humiliated and raped for almost four months in 2001.

Liliana Ortega, Head of the Family Committee's Family Committee, assured that this is "a historic meaning for Venezuela," as it is the first time that a case of genital violence requiring the state is allowed and judged by IACHR. It is also the first time that the inter-American human rights system sanctions an individual for the torture crimes, in this case, Luis Carrera Almoina, who held her in captivity at her residence.

"The government represents an achievement and progress in the titanic task of achieving justice that began in 2007," said Linda Loaiza. He said that he felt great personal satisfaction in the struggle that had taken years and stressed that the case continues in impunity since the author of crimes against sexual violence and torture did not receive punishment from the national authorities.

He explained that he expects full compliance with the sentence within the stipulated period, as well as the application of repairs as a continuation of criminal proceedings, sanctions for those responsible, Loaiza and family healthcare, scholarships for studies, the creation of a Data Collection and System Collection about violence against women, among other things.

The torture and sexual acts that Loaiza suffered has violated several provisions of the United States Convention on Human Rights, the Inter-American Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Torture and the Inter-American Convention for the Prevention, Punishment and Elimination of Violence against Women declared the court.

The judges pointed out that the opacity of investigative procedures, omission of due diligence in situations of gender violence and high levels of neglect, determined the responsibility of Venezuelan State, which led to sexual slavery and torture. The inadequate and negligent reaction of officials who, with knowledge of the situation, chose not to apply measures in a reasonable manner, but also their actions caused a warning in the aggressor, IACHR refers.

Loaiza López was kidnapped on March 27, 2001 by Carrera Almoina. Since then, she was beaten, raped and subjected to harassment until she asked for help and was rescued by the firemen and the police. He spent one year in a hospital where he had 15 operations. His attacker was arrested and released in 2004, so the matter was brought to international courts to demand justice.

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