Given the persecution of human rights defenders and the expulsion of United Nations mechanisms, we take a stance together with other civil society organizations about this serious precedent in the region.
Together with human rights defender organizations, we asked that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) take precautionary measures in favor of press workers, human rights defenders, and protesters. We expressed our deep concern about the recurrence of disproportionate security operations that result in people being detained and seriously injured.
The special rapporteurs expressed their concern over the Ministry of Security resolution and proposed legal reforms criminalizing protest. They called on the Argentine State to comply with international human rights standards.
The Argentine government led by Javier Milei seeks to dismantle essential procedures and implement regressive measures affecting human rights and democracy. Within a span of three weeks, from Decree 70/23 to the proposed “Bases…” law, the Executive Branch introduced 1649 articles altering the entire social and political landscape, protection parameters, and state architecture. Congress bears the political responsibility to refrain from validating it.
We have compiled a document highlighting international human rights standards, enshrined in the Argentine Constitution, which are not upheld in the president’s DNU 70/23. This material, submitted to Congress as a contribution to legislative efforts, serves as a guide to the declarations, conventions, principles, and observations within the international system pertaining to the rights impacted by the DNU.
We filed a petition with Argentina’s federal administrative court. It is our view that the decree violates the separation of powers, suppressing or restricting individual and collective rights and guarantees. We underscore that the DNU’s submission by the executive power breaches constitutional rules, usurping powers that are prohibited to him and reserved for the National Congress.
The decree of necessity and urgency announced by President Milei on December 20 oversteps the National Congress and undermines the democratic separation of powers in Argentina. With its entry into force, no right will be spared: be it the right to work, access to food, health, or housing.