Submission to Defensor del Pueblo & Consejo General del Poder Judicial - Madrid, Spain
Abuso domestico como un violaciones de derechos humanos y el principio de debido diligencia - Un enfoque interseccional
En presentando mi denuncia contra el juzgado de Móstoles primeria instancia #2, y todos actores estatales y no estatales implicados, por la falta de debido diligencia en violaciones de mí (Quenby Wilcox) y mis hijos derechos humanos, civiles y constitucionales, y por discriminación contra mí como mujer y extranjera, espero que el Defensor del Pueblo de España lo acordara la importancia que lo merece.
Mientras que mi denuncia esta contra el juzgado de Móstoles, mi queja esta contra todos tribunales y sistemas judiciales en Europa, Norte Americana, Oceanía, inter alía, que están violando los derechos de sus cuidadnos, fomentando y apoyando discriminación contra la mujer, y fallando de proteger las víctimas de la violencia de género y abuso domestico. Y en llevando mi caso a o los autoridades españoles, tribunales internacionales, o otros, tanto que todos medias de comunicación a mi dispuesto, estoy ejerciendo mi derecho de libre expresión y pensamiento.
Se debe notar que la falta de debido proceso y violación de derechos puede pasar, y pasa, a todos ciudadanos en sistemas judiciales, pero mujeres, extranjeras, pobres, minoridades, niños son más expuestas a estos abusos de poder por costumbres, tradiciones y creencias discriminatorios de actores judiciales tanto que la populación en general. Mientras que estos problemas son inter-relatado, discriminación y las violaciones de derechos no debe ser visto como problemas que son co-dependientes o causales, pero problemas que co-existen dentro de un problema más extenso: el fallo del sistema democrático.
Es por esta razón que en la lucha contra las violaciones de derechos y discriminación, y como veremos corrupción y negligencia, asegurando reformación legislativos, tanto que contabilidad y transparencia judicial; el verdadero desafío se queda en cambiando y desacatando las normas, las creencias y costumbres que impregna y guía procesos y decisiones judiciales.
Mientras que los asuntos aquí presentados se pasan dentro de un divorcio, y para mucho nada más que “un asunto privado”, se debe notar los siguientes.
El divorcio, que se implica la violencia de género o no, se pasa dentro del sistema judicial, bajo leyes y procedimientos judiciales, y así es un reflexión sobre la integridad y honradez de los fundamentos sobre lo cual democracias son basados. Cito art.1.1 y 1.2 del Constitución Española “España se constituye en un Estado social y democrático de Derecho, que propugna como valores superiores de su ordenamiento jurídico la libertad, la justicia, la igualdad y el pluralismo político. La soberanía nacional reside en el pueblo español, del que emanan los poderes del Estado; tanto que art. 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 24, 27, 33, 35, 38, 40, 41, 45, 47 y 51. Cualquier acto, opinión, o decisión por actores estatales o no estatales que infringen sobre las libertades o derechos de cualquier ciudadano (de nacional española o extranjera y sexo femenino o masculino), están participando en la podredumbre del dicho democracia y los principios sobre el cual democracias son fundidas.
Una democracia de verdad no está fundida sobre un papel donde están escrito estés artículos y principios, pero en la dignidad y honor que pertenece a cada persona, y en la responsabilidad y obligación que tiene cada persona de respectar, tanto que defender, la dignidad y honor de todas otras personas que viven un su comunidad o país. Como guardianas de la Constitución y sus principios, actores judiciales, que sean estatales o no estatales, poseen todavía una responsabilidad y obligación más alto de defenderlos que otras personas.
Estos no son principios al cual el ser humano tiene o entiende desde su nacimiento, pero son basados sobre las creencias, costumbres, tradiciones y comportamientos que aprenden, y que están determinadas por las personas que los cuidan, educan y relación con ellos durante toda su vida, sobre todo los primeros 20 años.
Es por esta razón, y visto que 3 sobre 4, o 75% de parejas en España terminan en separaciones y/o divorcios, que los decisiones en tribunales sobre custodia y acuerdo financieros, no son, ni pueden ser considerado como “asunto privado” o “sin importancia”, sobre todo en el ambiente político.
La educación y bienestar de los jóvenes, hoy en día tanto que generaciones futuros, deben ser, y tiene que ser, la preocupación NÚMERO UNO, de los gobiernos alrededor del mundo, tanto que la defensa de sus derechos y libertades en todos ámbitos, sobre todo en sus sistemas judiciales.
POR UN TEXTO COMPLETO SOBRE MI DENUNCIA VEA ABAJO "Gonzalez de Alcala vs. Wilcox - Violencia de Genero como violacion de derechos humanos y el principio de debido diligencia - un enfoque interseccional"
Domestic Abuse as a Human Rights Violation and the Principle of Due Diligence: An Intersectional Approach Human, Civil & Constitutional Rights Violations, Discrimination, Lack of Due Diligence, Corruption & Criminal Liability, in Cases of Domestic Abuse within Family Courts & Family Law
In presenting my complaint against the juzgado of Mostoles primeria instancia #2, my legal counsel, and all State and non-State actors implicated, for their lack of due diligence in violations of my (Quenby Wilcox) and my children’s human, civil and constitutional rights, and for discrimination against me as a woman and foreigner, I hope that the Spanish authorities will accord it the importance it merits.
While my complaint is against the juzgado de Mostoles, my grievance is against all tribunals and judicial systems in Europe, North America, Oceania, inter alia, that are violating the rights of their citizens, encouraging and participating in discrimination against women, and failing to protect victims of gender violence and domestic abuse. And, in presenting my case to the Spanish authorities, international tribunals, inter alia, as well as all forms of media communication at my disposal, I am exercising my right to freedom of expression and thought.
It should be noted that the lack of due process and violation of rights can, and does, happen to all citizens in judicial systems, but women, foreigners, the poor, minorities and children are more exposed to these abuses of powers due to discriminatory customs, traditions and beliefs of judicial actors, as well as within the general population. While these problems are inter-related, discrimination and violations of rights should not be seen as problems that are contingent or causal, but rather problems that co-exist within a much greater arena; the failure of the democratic process.
It is for this reason that in efforts to prevent the violations of rights and discrimination, and as we shall see corruption and negligence, as well as assure successful legislative reform, and accountability and transparency within the judiciary; the real challenge comes in defying and changing the antiquated norms, beliefs and customs which permeate and guide judicial procedures and decisions.
While the issues presented in my case happened within a divorce court, and for many nothing more than a “private affair”, the following should be noted.
Divorce, whether it involves gender violence or not, happens within a judicial system, under laws and judicial procedures, and as such reflects upon the integrity and honor of the fundamentals upon which democracies are based. I cite art. 1.1 and 1.2 of the Spanish Constitution. “Spain is hereby established as a social and democratic State, subject to the rule of law, which advocates freedom, justice, equality and political pluralism as highest values of its legal system. National sovereignty belongs to the Spanish people, from whom all state powers emanate; as well art. 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 24, 27, 33, 35, 38, 40, 41, 45, 47 and 51. Any acts, opinions, or decisions by State or non-State actors that infringe upon the rights and liberties of any citizen (of Spanish or foreign nationality, and feminine or masculine sex), are participating in the corruption of said democracy, and principles upon which they are founded.
A true democracy is not founded upon a simple piece of paper where these articles and principles are written, but in the dignity and honor that every person possesses, and in their responsibility and obligation to respect, as well as defend the dignity and honor all other persons living within his or her community or country. As guardians of the Constitution and its principles, judicial actors, be they State or non-State actors, possess an even higher responsibility and obligation to defend these principles.
These are not principles that human beings have or understand at birth, but are based upon beliefs, customs, traditions and behavior that are learned, and determined by those people who care for, educate and relate with them during their entire life, especially the first 20 years.
It is for this reason, and in light of the fact that 3 out of 4, or 75% of marriages/civil partnerships in Spain end in separation and/or divorce, that the decisions by tribunals regarding custody or financial considerations, are not, nor cannot be considered a “private affair” or “civil dispute”, particularly within the political arena.
The education and well-being of our young, of today as well as future generations, should be, and must be, the NUMBER ONE preoccupation, of governments around the world, as well as the defense of their rights and liberties at all levels of society, above all in our judicial systems.....
FOR FULL TEXT OF MY "DENUNCIA" SEE BELOW "Gonzalez de Alcala vs. Wilcox - Domestic Abuse as a Human Rights Violations and the Principle of Due Diligence - An Intersectional Approach" posted below
While domestic abuse and violence as human rights violations and the obligation of State and non-State actors to protect victims under the principle of due diligence is recent within international law and legal precedents, cases such as A vs. UK, Velázquez vs. Honduras, and Gonzales vs. USA, are important steps forward in promoting the rights of victims of domestic abuse and violence.
However, in order to assure that the rights of victims are defended on a systematic basis within judicial systems, the failure of States to defend victims needs to be examined from an intersectional perspective, thoroughly investigating the relationship between corruption, discrimination, negligence, the failure of legislative reform, and judicial accountability.
Additionally, in order for governments to effectively and competently protect victims they must assure efficiency and transparency in the following areas.
Social and public services that contribute to the prevention of domestic abuse and violence, as well as protection of victims, with competent legal counsel and dissemination of factual information, during the entire judicial process.
Public services, including judicial systems, that through positive action, protect and defend the rights, liberties and interests of the victims of violence and abuse in an effective manner, including, but not limited to due process under the law.
Public services, including judicial systems, which through positive action rescind laws, practices and traditions that contribute to discrimination, in all its forms.
Effective mechanisms and procedures that permit reparations for victims of abuse and violence at the hands of their abusers, as well as effective and real sanctions for State and non-State actors that have failed to demonstrate due diligence in the prevention of said abuses, or worse contributed to the abuse through their discriminatory and/or incompetent practices and actions.
But, perhaps the most important in promoting and assuring the rights of victims is to understand that behind each story, each life, there are many actors and many actions that have contributed to the pain and suffering of these women, children, and at times men.
Abuses of power, within the home, family or community, are not static, isolated incidents, but rather part of a dynamic cultural machine which is designed to maintain a status quo of abuse and violence. Until the cycle of abuse in our societies and communities is dismantled through the efforts and actions of every single member, denouncing and sanctioning all forms of abuses of power, in our personal as well as professional lives, this “war on the terror” will never be won.
While the past years have been very difficult, the separation from my children the hardest of all. My own battles have shown to me the extent that the apathy of people, particularly civil servants and judicial actors, are encouraging, promoting and supporting human and civil rights violations within their own borders.
Within the past few decades women’s rights groups have made enormous strides in advancing the rights of women within the labor force, and other issues surrounding their ability to contribute monetarily to societies. However, while these groups have been vociferous regarding abuse and violence against women within Muslim and African communities and the way that that abuse is sanctioned by the community and governments, they have remained all too silent about these same traditions and customs which sanction abuse and violence within their own communities.
My grandfather, Curtis Paul Wilcox, a lawyer in the early 20th century, fought for the rights of black people in the courts of the Deep South, during a time where racism and discrimination was seen as something “normal”. A time when black people were considered second-class citizens to be exploited, and used as scapegoat in protecting the honor of the community or group.
These same prejudices and discriminatory traditions persist today against women, and children, within the home and family.
In my grandfather’s first case, in 1909, he confronted and vanquished the same beliefs attitudes, traditions and customs as those exposed in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. All of his life he fought against racism and discrimination, standing up to bullies and tyrants within the judicial system as well as the community, promoting the rights of people who were unable to defend themselves. What I am defending here is no different than what he was defending over a hundred years ago, and for which many of my ancestors have defended over many centuries*.
Modern democratic models and principles began over 200 years ago, with an increasing number of countries adopting democratic structures within the past 50 years. However, in the past decade more and more people, even those amongst our ruling-classes and status quo intellectuals are questioning the existence and very survival of the democratic process by present governments, due to erosion of human and civil rights within their own borders. However, as two great statesman of our time so eloquently stated:
“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”
And, “If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.”
"In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith."
Senator William J. Fulbright
In the past hundred years many wars have been waged, many lives have been lost, and much blood has been shed in the name and defense of the rights and liberties of people. However, if mankind has any hope of turning the ideals and principles of democracy into a reality, we must put down our arms, at our borders as well as within our homes, and learn to live in peace and prosperity.
This is the true challenge of the 21st century, and why my complaint is not a simple “dispute” of no consequence or importance.
by Quenby Wilcox
*Others in my family tree instrumental in developing and promoting the ideas of democracy and human and civil rights were Winston Churchill (distant cousin), John Paul Jones (great-great-great-grand uncle), Thomas Wilcox author of Admonitions to Parliament (1572), and my father, William C. Wilcox, MD who taught me that democracy, honor, dignity and respect are more than simple words and rhetoric.