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“Physical, sexual and psychological torture of Jineth Bedoya could not have been carried out without the collaboration of the State”: IACtHR ruling

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) issued a historic ruling in the case of journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima against Colombia, in which it analyzes for the first time the use of sexual violence as a form of silencing and control against a woman journalist in the context of the Colombian armed conflict.

Jineth Bedoya Lima as petitioner in the 157th Regular Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, 5 April 2016, Photo: Daniel Cima, Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

IFEX calls on Colombian state to return to Inter-American Court hearing on the Jineth Bedoya case

“We see the withdrawal of the state as another obstacle to achieving justice for Jineth Bedoya. IFEX will continue to stand with her. After 20 years, this will not deter her in her fight. The misogynistic culture that allows women to be treated in this way must come to an end,” said IFEX Executive Director Annie Game.

Journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 12 March 2018, Photo:, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Colombia revictimizes and impedes access to justice for Jineth Bedoya Lima

Colombia’s National Agency for Legal Defense alleged that the majority of the Inter-American Court’s judges are not impartial in the case. The State decided to leave the hearing, and the State’s witness did not appear to testify before the Court.