The conclusion is clear: it is not a matter of justice. I am here (In Jail) because my name is Rosario Robles, And because I am a woman. I am grateful because I am alive and healthy, and Because my daughter Mariana (my greatest treasure) is healthy in the face of this adversity #MEXICO #Latinos

Channel 1 Los Angeles

8/13/2020 Mexico City

Federal judge María Dolores Núñez Solario admitted to processing the “amparo” promoted by the defense of Rosario Robles, former head of the Ministry of Social Development (Sedesol), so that his judicial process may be taken on conditional freedom.

Robles Berlanga was federal secretary during Enrique Peña Nieto’s six-year term (2012-2018) and is being investigated for the crime of improper exercise of the public function when she was in charge of Sedesol.

Robles maintained a great professional relation with current Presidente López Obrador.

Translation of letter she wrote :

“Today I have been unjustifiably deprived of my freedom for a year. The revenge of some, the cowardice and the complicit silence of others, and a selective prosecution have me here. I am accused of an omission (not corruption) that I do not deserve prison, my rights to due process and the presumption of innocence have been violated. I am judged for who I am and not for what I supposedly did. A whole machinery has been put in place to insult me, defame me, make fun of me , with a fury that is proportional to the fear and hatred they have for me. It is striking that I am the only one in this condition. Those who have been accused of more serious crimes have their rights respected, and organized crime criminals are He has blatantly released them. The conclusion is clear: it is not a matter of justice. I am here because my name is Rosario Robles. Also because I am a woman.

They want to erase a lifetime of struggle to improve our country, and to open spaces and fight for women’s rights. They want to erase my history, annul me, silence me. It’s not the first time. Women who have dared to subvert the patriarchal order have been condemned; They have been sent to the stake or to the guillotine, forced to dress as men to be recognized or confined to a convent. Thousands have been murdered by their partner; Others are sent to jail to exclude us, erase us.

But sooner rather than later judges will appear in my path who bravely apply the law and do me justice. I am calm as the president recently said “my court is my own conscience.” The problem is for those who send the wrong messages to society: better flee because if you present yourself voluntarily, your crime is not serious and you are loyal to your principles, but you are considered an adversary, your destiny is jail.

Sometimes I wake up desolate, but then I think that mine is nothing compared to the harsh fact that more than 55 thousand Mexican families are in mourning and abandoned in their pain, that many are hungry, that hundreds of thousands have been left without work and that many mothers will have to choose between working to feed their children or staying at home to act as teachers or caregivers because the state has delegated their responsibility to them. “

“At the end of the day, despite the situation, I am grateful because I am alive and healthy. Because my daughter Mariana (my greatest treasure) is healthy and in the face of this adversity she has shown a strength that makes me feel proud, because my family and my friends are fine and they do not abandon me, because many people I do not know have sent me their solidarity and blessings.

On the other hand, I have always felt proud that I am one of the few politicians who have traveled the country, who have reached the most remote places. I have always said that I have worked for the poorest communities, and for women to break the chains that bind them (there is a Robles law, for example). But now I have had a chance to be with the forgotten among the forgotten. With women that nobody turns to see (I had not done it myself), many of whom are innocent. Some because they are indigenous or because they do not have resources for a good defense. I have heard heartbreaking stories firsthand. The prison has the face of poverty. Injustice has the face of a woman. Here I have assumed one more cause. That of many of these women who approach me with the hope of finding a light, a word of encouragement, a solution. Because the power (to serve) is not given to you by a position, but by inner strength and a trajectory that even in this place of darkness many respect. I don’t stop fighting then. I want to prove my innocence. I will soon leave this episode behind. I’m sure.

Meanwhile, thank you, thank you very much to those who with their strength have supported me, especially to my Mariana who does not let me fall.

Soon we can give each other a hug.

Rosario Robles “

“Hoy cumplo un año de estar privada de mi libertad injustificadamente. La venganza de unos, la cobardía y el silencio cómplice de otros, y una procuración de justicia selectiva me tienen aquí. Se me acusa de una omisión (que no de corrupción) que no merece prisión, se han violado mis derechos al debido proceso y a la presunción de inocencia. Se me juzga por quien soy y no por lo que supuestamente hice. Se ha puesto en marcha toda una maquinaria para denostarme, difamarme, hacer escarnio de mi persona, con una saña que es proporcional al miedo y al odio que me tienen. Llama la atención que soy la única en esta condición. A quienes se les ha acusado de delitos más graves se les respetan sus derechos, y a los delincuentes del crimen organizado se les ha dejado flagrantemente en libertad. La conclusión es clara: no se trata de un ánimo de justicia. Estoy aquí porque me llamo Rosario Robles. También porque soy mujer.

Quieren borrar una vida entera de lucha por mejorar nuestro país, y por abrir espacios y pelear por los derechos de las mujeres. Quieren borrar mi historia, anularme, silenciarme. No es la primera vez. A mujeres que se han atrevido a subvertir el orden patriarcal se les ha condenado; se les ha mandado a la hoguera o a la guillotina, se les ha obligado a vestirse de hombres para ser reconocidas o confinadas a un convento. Miles han sido asesinadas por su pareja; a otras nos mandan a la cárcel para excluirnos, borrarnos.

Pero más temprano que tarde aparecerán en mi camino juzgadores que con valentía apliquen la ley y me hagan justicia. Yo estoy tranquila como dijo recientemente el presidente “mi tribunal es mi propia conciencia”. El problema es para quienes mandan mensajes equivocados a la sociedad: mejor huye porque si te presentas voluntariamente, tu delito no es grave y eres leal a tus principios, pero eres considerado adversario/a, tu destino es la cárcel.

A veces despierto desolada, pero entonces pienso que lo mío es nada frente al duro hecho de que más de 55 mil familias mexicanas están de luto y abandonadas en su dolor, que muchos tienen hambre, que cientos de miles se han quedado sin trabajo y que muchas madres tendrán que optar entre trabajar para darle de comer a sus hijos o quedarse en casa para hacerle de maestras o cuidadoras porque el Estado ha delegado en ellas lo que es su responsabilidad”.carta1_rosario.jpg

“A fin de cuentas, a pesar de la situación, estoy agradecida porque estoy viva y sana. Porque mi hija Mariana (mi mayor tesoro) goza de salud y ante esta adversidad ha mostrado una fuerza que me hace sentir orgullosa, porque mi familia y mis amigos se encuentran bien y no me abandonan, porque muchísima gente a la que no conozco me ha enviado su solidaridad y bendiciones.

Por otra parte, siempre me he sentido orgullosa de que soy de los pocos políticos/as que han recorrido el país, que han llegado hasta los lugares mas recónditos. Siempre he dicho que he trabajado por las comunidades más pobres, y porque las mujeres rompan las cadenas que las atan (hay una ley Robles, por ejemplo). Pero ahora he tenido oportunidad de estar con las olvidadas entre las olvidadas. Con las mujeres que nadie voltea a ver (yo misma no lo había hecho), muchas de las cuales son inocentes. Algunas porque son indígenas o porque no tienen recursos para una buena defensa. He conocido de primera voz relatos desgarradores. La cárcel tiene cara de pobreza. La injusticia tiene cara de mujer. Aquí he asumido una causa más. La de muchas de estas mujeres que se me acercan con la esperanza de encontrar una luz, una palabra de aliento, una solución. Porque el poder (de servir) no te lo da un cargo, sino la fuerza interior y una trayectoria que aún en este lugar de oscuridad muchas respetan. No dejo de luchar entonces. Quiero demostrar mi inocencia. Pronto dejaré atrás este episodio. Estoy segura.

Mientras tanto, gracias, muchas gracias a las y los que con su fuerza me han sostenido, en especial a mi Mariana que no me deja caer.

Pronto podremos darnos un abrazo.

Rosario Robles”carta2_rosario.jpg

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