Ms. Gladys Carol Espinoza Gonzáles was arbitrarily arrested in 1993 in Lima, Peru, by police, and convicted of treason. While in State custody, she was subject to severe and constant beatings, torture, rape, and other forms of sexual violence. Despite making numerous allegations of abuse, she was denied adequate medical treatment, and continued to be tortured throughout her years in prison. Her initial life-sentence was overturned in 2003, but she was convicted again in 2004 on terrorism charges, and remained in detention. The Court found that the State had violated the Inter-American Convention, the Convention on The Prevention, Punishment And Eradication Of Violence Against Women, and the Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture.
Case Summary: Espinoza Gonzáles v. Peru