The investigation of the rape of two indigenous women in Mexico has been moved to civilian court after Mexico’s Military Prosecutor’s Office stated that it lacked jurisdiction over the case due to the fact that members of the military are charged with human rights violations. This statement is based on a finding by the Supreme Court, which followed an Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling, that criticized Mexico for not prosecuting human rights violations in civilian courts up to this point.

Widespread human rights violations by the military have been reported, and many cases remain in the military justice system; but this case a positive step in a new direction.

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