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May 2015: The life of 10-year-old “Mainumby” a Paraguayan girl who became pregnant after repeated sexual abuse, allegedly by her stepfather, is in extreme danger. As a still developing child, Mainumby, who is currently 23 weeks pregnant, has been extremely ill throughout and is seriously undernourished and underweight; she currently weighs just 34 kilograms (around 75 pounds). When the pregnancy was finally identified at 21 weeks – following two misdiagnoses – her mother requested an abortion after receiving medical advice that her daughter’s life may be at risk if she carries the child to term. However, though Paraguayan law permits abortions when a woman or girls’ life is at risk, the request was denied and the mother was subsequently arrested and charged with breaching her duty of care! Mainumby has since been separated from her mother and family, further damaging her current health status.

While the Health Minister’s 8 May decision to form a medical board to evaluate Mainumby’s health and make recommendations for treatment is welcome, with each day that passes her life is in even greater danger. On 11 May, a group of UN experts said, “the Government of Paraguay has failed in its responsibility to act with due diligence” in this case and urged it “to respect the best interest of the girl child and duly fulfill its international obligations taking urgent measures to protect the life and health of this 10-year-old girl, by guaranteeing her access to all necessary health care . . ,” and also ensuring that the rapist, who has only just been arrested, be duly prosecuted.

Mainumby needs your help! Please call on the government to protect her life!

Sadly, Mainumby’s case is not an isolated incident. According to our partner, Comité de América Latina y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de las Mujeres (CLADEM), Paraguay has one of the highest rates of pregnancy among adolescents aged 10-14 years in Latin America. Sexual violence, particularly against girls, is also widespread. The Committee against Torture, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women; the Human Rights Committee; the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and the Committee on the Rights of the Child have all expressed concern about the high rates of sexual violence and lack of access to justice in Paraguay, particularly for adolescents, as well as Paraguay’s restrictions on abortion in cases of rape and when the mother’s health is at risk. The Special Rapporteur on Torture has also recognized that restrictions on access to safe abortion, particularly in the case of rape and for therapeutic purposes, constitute torture or ill treatment.

Paraguay has ratified numerous international treaties requiring it to protect her rights and best interest, including: rights to health, physical and psychological integrity, to not to be separated from and denied contact with her parents, to be free from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment including sexual violence, and access to services and justice for such crimes.

What You Can Do

Join Equality Now and CLADEM in calling on Paraguay to urgently: 

  1. Take immediate steps to ensure that Mainumby receives all necessary medical attention, including housing and financial support for her family;
  2. Investigate and prosecute the rapist;
  3. Ensure proper procedures are put in place to effectively and quickly respond to, investigate and prosecute future cases of sexual abuse; and
  4. Ensure proper medical procedures, including the option of abortion, are in place for girls and women who have experienced sexual abuse.

 

Take Action Now!

Letters should go to:

Presidente Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara
President of the Republic of Paraguay
Palacio de Gobierno
El Paraguayo Independiente entre O’leary y Ayolas
Asunción, Paraguay
horaciocartesjara@gmail.compresidenciaparaguay@gmail.com

With a copy to:

Ministro de Salud Pública y Bienestar Antonio Barrios
Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare
Pettirossi
Asunción, Paraguay
ministro@mspbs.gov.py

Fiscal General del Estado Javier Díaz Verón
State Attorney General
Sede Central
Chile 110 e/Jejuí e Ygatimí
Asunción, Paraguay
fdiaz@ministeriopublico.gov.py

H. E. Elisa Ruiz Diaz Bareiro
Ambassador
Permanent Mission to the OAS for Paraguay
2022 Connecticut Ave. N.W.  
Washington, D.C. 20008
Ph. (202) 232-8020 
Paraguay@oas.org

H.E. Germán Rojas
Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay in the United States of America
gabineteembaparusa@mre.gov.py

Ministra Ana María Baiardi Quesnel 
Ministerio de la Mujer 
Edificio Ayfra Piso 13 bloque B y Planta baja
Presidente Franco esq. Ayolas 
Asunción – Paraguay
secretariaprivada@mujer.gov.pysecretariagabinete@mujer.gov.py

Ministro Ricardo Miguel González Borgne
Ministro Secretario Ejecutivo de la Secretaría Nacional de la Niñez y la Adolescencia
Avda. Mariscal López 2.029 e/ Acá Carayá
Asunción – Paraguay 
comunicacion@snna.gov.py

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I am gravely concerned about the well-being of 12-year-old “Mainumby,” a Paraguayan girl who became pregnant following repeated sexual abuse. While Mainumby survived the pregnancy, motherhood has now been forced upon her, which has had a harsh impact on her life – she struggles to physically and financially care for herself and her daughter and she is fighting to make up lost time in school where she is stigmatized, by teachers and schoolmates, for being a young mother. The government of Paraguay has failed to fulfill its promises and meet its post-partum obligations to help Mainumby, her family, and other girls facing similar ordeals under the Precautionary Measures issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (the Commission) in June 2015. 

Paraguay has an opportunity to begin to meet its obligations this month by attending a second Working Meeting on Mainumby’s case hosted by the Commission. Paraguay did not participate in the first Working Meeting despite being present in the same building at the time.

Please take immediate action to ensure that Paraguay participates in the Working Meeting on Mainumby’s case – it is an important opportunity to discuss the reality that Mainumby and her baby face every day and what the State has or has not done to help Mainumby receive all necessary postpartum medical treatment and psychological support, to ensure that Mainumby continues to be able go to school, that the promises of housing and support for her family are fulfilled, and that proper measures are put in place to allow for quick and effective responses to this pattern of endemic child sexual abuse in Paraguay.

Thank you for your urgent attention.

Kind regards,

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May 2015: The life of 10-year-old “Mainumby” a Paraguayan girl who became pregnant after repeated sexual abuse, allegedly by her stepfather, is in extreme danger. As a still developing child, Mainumby, who is currently 23 weeks pregnant, has been extremely ill throughout and is seriously undernourished and underweight; she currently weighs just 34 kilograms (around 75 pounds). When the pregnancy was finally identified at 21 weeks – following two misdiagnoses – her mother requested an abortion after receiving medical advice that her daughter’s life may be at risk if she carries the child to term. However, though Paraguayan law permits abortions when a woman or girls’ life is at risk, the request was denied and the mother was subsequently arrested and charged with breaching her duty of care! Mainumby has since been separated from her mother and family, further damaging her current health status.

While the Health Minister’s 8 May decision to form a medical board to evaluate Mainumby’s health and make recommendations for treatment is welcome, with each day that passes her life is in even greater danger. On 11 May, a group of UN experts said, “the Government of Paraguay has failed in its responsibility to act with due diligence” in this case and urged it “to respect the best interest of the girl child and duly fulfill its international obligations taking urgent measures to protect the life and health of this 10-year-old girl, by guaranteeing her access to all necessary health care . . ,” and also ensuring that the rapist, who has only just been arrested, be duly prosecuted.

Mainumby needs your help! Please call on the government to protect her life!

Sadly, Mainumby’s case is not an isolated incident. According to our partner, Comité de América Latina y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de las Mujeres (CLADEM), Paraguay has one of the highest rates of pregnancy among adolescents aged 10-14 years in Latin America. Sexual violence, particularly against girls, is also widespread. The Committee against Torture, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women; the Human Rights Committee; the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and the Committee on the Rights of the Child have all expressed concern about the high rates of sexual violence and lack of access to justice in Paraguay, particularly for adolescents, as well as Paraguay’s restrictions on abortion in cases of rape and when the mother’s health is at risk. The Special Rapporteur on Torture has also recognized that restrictions on access to safe abortion, particularly in the case of rape and for therapeutic purposes, constitute torture or ill treatment.

Paraguay has ratified numerous international treaties requiring it to protect her rights and best interest, including: rights to health, physical and psychological integrity, to not to be separated from and denied contact with her parents, to be free from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment including sexual violence, and access to services and justice for such crimes.

What You Can Do

Join Equality Now and CLADEM in calling on Paraguay to urgently: 

  1. Take immediate steps to ensure that Mainumby receives all necessary medical attention, including housing and financial support for her family;
  2. Investigate and prosecute the rapist;
  3. Ensure proper procedures are put in place to effectively and quickly respond to, investigate and prosecute future cases of sexual abuse; and
  4. Ensure proper medical procedures, including the option of abortion, are in place for girls and women who have experienced sexual abuse.

 

Take Action Now!

Letters should go to:

Presidente Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara
President of the Republic of Paraguay
Palacio de Gobierno
El Paraguayo Independiente entre O’leary y Ayolas
Asunción, Paraguay
horaciocartesjara@gmail.compresidenciaparaguay@gmail.com

With a copy to:

Ministro de Salud Pública y Bienestar Antonio Barrios
Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare
Pettirossi
Asunción, Paraguay
ministro@mspbs.gov.py

Fiscal General del Estado Javier Díaz Verón
State Attorney General
Sede Central
Chile 110 e/Jejuí e Ygatimí
Asunción, Paraguay
fdiaz@ministeriopublico.gov.py

H. E. Elisa Ruiz Diaz Bareiro
Ambassador
Permanent Mission to the OAS for Paraguay
2022 Connecticut Ave. N.W.  
Washington, D.C. 20008
Ph. (202) 232-8020 
Paraguay@oas.org

H.E. Germán Rojas
Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay in the United States of America
gabineteembaparusa@mre.gov.py

Ministra Ana María Baiardi Quesnel 
Ministerio de la Mujer 
Edificio Ayfra Piso 13 bloque B y Planta baja
Presidente Franco esq. Ayolas 
Asunción – Paraguay
secretariaprivada@mujer.gov.pysecretariagabinete@mujer.gov.py

Ministro Ricardo Miguel González Borgne
Ministro Secretario Ejecutivo de la Secretaría Nacional de la Niñez y la Adolescencia
Avda. Mariscal López 2.029 e/ Acá Carayá
Asunción – Paraguay 
comunicacion@snna.gov.py

Dear ...,

I am gravely concerned about the well-being of 12-year-old “Mainumby,” a Paraguayan girl who became pregnant following repeated sexual abuse. While Mainumby survived the pregnancy, motherhood has now been forced upon her, which has had a harsh impact on her life – she struggles to physically and financially care for herself and her daughter and she is fighting to make up lost time in school where she is stigmatized, by teachers and schoolmates, for being a young mother. The government of Paraguay has failed to fulfill its promises and meet its post-partum obligations to help Mainumby, her family, and other girls facing similar ordeals under the Precautionary Measures issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (the Commission) in June 2015. 

Paraguay has an opportunity to begin to meet its obligations this month by attending a second Working Meeting on Mainumby’s case hosted by the Commission. Paraguay did not participate in the first Working Meeting despite being present in the same building at the time.

Please take immediate action to ensure that Paraguay participates in the Working Meeting on Mainumby’s case – it is an important opportunity to discuss the reality that Mainumby and her baby face every day and what the State has or has not done to help Mainumby receive all necessary postpartum medical treatment and psychological support, to ensure that Mainumby continues to be able go to school, that the promises of housing and support for her family are fulfilled, and that proper measures are put in place to allow for quick and effective responses to this pattern of endemic child sexual abuse in Paraguay.

Thank you for your urgent attention.

Kind regards,

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