IACHR calls for stronger measures against gender-based violence

HAVANA, Nov. 15th The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) yesterday expressed concern about what it termed the number of occurrences of gender-based violence in Cuba

and urged Havana to adopt comprehensive protection measures against gender-based violence against women, girls, and adolescents.

The IACHR said it had received information regarding the prevalence of stereotypes that perpetuate gender-based violence in the country, including inter-partner and institutional violence, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IACHR said that, additionally, according to information from civil society, there have been failures by the State to prevent, investigate and sanction these acts because of the absence of mechanisms for reporting and lack of adequate training of security and justice agents, as well as the absence of an adequate legal framework on gender-based violence.

“In this sense, the Commission urges the State of Cuba to adopt comprehensive, immediate and urgent measures to prevent, investigate, judge, sanction, and provide reparations for each murder and act of violence against women, girls, and adolescents.

“This includes the adoption of comprehensive measures developed based on an intersectional and gender perspective, including components oriented to eliminate stereotypes based on gender and on other grounds,” the autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS) said in a statement.

The IACHR said that, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is making a call for Havana to incorporate the gender perspective from an intersectional approach, in all answers adopted by the State to contain the pandemic, particularly the development of protocols and strengthening the capacity of security agents and justice actors involved in the investigation and sanctioning of acts of gender-based violence.