They murder the mother of one of the victims of the Safe Home

María Elizabeth Ramírez died yesterday in an act of violence. Photo La Hora / Colectivo Ochoa Tijax

BY HEDY QUINO
hquino@lahora.com.gt

The Ochoa Tijax Collective reported on Sunday night the discovery with signs of violence in the body of María Elizabeth Ramírez, mother of Wendy Anaí Vividor Ramírez, who died on March 8, 2017 in the fire at the Virgen de la Asunción Safe Home. She resided in Esquipulas, Chiquimula.

That organization was the one that reported the discovery and detailed that the body of María Ramírez is being veiled and will be buried tomorrow.

The Human Rights Ombudsman, Jordán Rodas Andrade, spoke out for the murder of the mother of one of the fatalities of the fire at the Virgen de la Asunción Safe Home, which occurred during the government of Jimmy Morales.

The PDH reported that Ramírez’s body was found over the weekend in a wooded area of ​​the Los Pinos, Esquipulas, Chiquimula neighborhood, stoned and with wounds caused by a knife. In addition, she indicated that she was one of the mothers of the victims of the Safe Home who was constituted as an adhesive plaintiff in that case.

The murder of Ramírez joins another that occurred in 2018, against Gloria Pérez, mother of Iris Yodenis León Pérez, a victim of the fire at the Safe Home.

Due to this situation, the PDH expressed its concern over the recent acts of violence against girls, adolescents and women. “Without the authorities of the Ministry of the Interior and the Public Ministry fulfilling their functions of prevention, diligent investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators,” he added.

He also pointed out that the murders against minors and women are being used to promote “judicial populism”, such as trying to reactivate the death penalty and for the Army to have the functions of the National Civil Police.

“That the justice system and the security authorities are obliged to ensure unrestricted respect for the human rights of all women. They have the high responsibility of ensuring by all means the creation of the procedural and material conditions to carry out effective criminal investigations, ”emphasized the PDH.

PHOTO ARCHIVE. A fire occurred on March 8, 2017 in the Safe Home and caused the death of 41 girls.

RECOMMENDATIONS

In the case of Ramírez, the PDH recommended that President Alejandro Giammattei and Minister of the Interior Gendri Reyes guarantee the integrity of the survivors of the tragedy in the Safe Home, as well as that of their families.

In addition, it recommended that the Attorney General María Consuelo Porras reinforce the investigation into the fire at the Hogar Seguro, as well as the murder of María Elizabeth Ramírez and Gloria Pérez.

Finally, the State of Guatemala recommended guaranteeing due diligence in the investigation and administration of justice in accordance with the commitments made in the Inter-American Convention to Prevent, Punish, and Eradicate Violence against Women (Convention Belém do Pará).

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