Magdalena massacre hearing at the IACHR: the State acknowledges responsibility for the 33 deaths
More than 17 years later, the Argentine State acknowledged before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights its international responsibility for the incident and committed to put a series of measures in place to prevent such cruel deaths from ever happening again. CELS and the Colectivo de Investigación y Acción Jurídica (CIAJ) took part in the hearing as representatives of the victim’s families.
At the final hearing before the Inter-American Court for the AMIA bombing, the Argentine State acknowledged its responsibility
On October 13-14, the final hearing was held in Montevideo, Uruguay in the case filed by CELS and Memoria Activa in 1999 charging the Argentine State with international responsibility for the attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires.
Right to protest: meeting of Latin American organizations
On July 25-27 we held an event in Buenos Aires to debate current reality in our region with colleagues from Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Honduras, Ecuador and Mexico.
Patents: Life Is Not a Commodity
The economic perspective that has been imposed on accessing life-saving technology faces us with a new global division between vaccinated and unvaccinated countries. A waiver on intellectual property could eliminate unequal access to vaccines and shortages.
Ending the Criminalization of Abortion Is Urgent
A new political opportunity is presenting itself in the long struggle for the right to voluntary abortion, for the sake of health, equality and dignity. We urge the National Congress to do its share in expanding the sexual rights of millions of persons and make history.
AMIA Bombing: Argentina Responsible For Impunity and HR Violations, IACHR
In its Merits Report, the Inter-American Human Rights Commission states that Argentina violated the right to life, to the personal integrity of the victims and their next of kin, the right to adequate judicial protection, and the right of society as a whole to the truth.
Guernica Land Occupation: The Solution Is Housing
The situation deserves a reaction to the true problem: thousands of people have nowhere to live.
Individual and Collective Mourning Require Assistance
Grief must be considered as a right, which cannot be reduced to an individual matter. Families and individuals should not face alone the demise of their loved ones. The impact of these deaths needs to be shared and processed collectively. Joint document with Memoria Abierta.
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights Found Argentina Guilty And Ruled In Favor Of The Indigenous Communities of Salta
Argentina is ordered to cede an undivided deed to 4000 km2 of ancestral territory to the Lhaka Honhat Association of Aboriginal Communities, among other reparations.
Bolivia: Coup and the return of the military “issue”
We condemn the coup d’état, political persecution and the violence committed by those who do not respect the democratic order in Bolivia. This rupture with the rule of law should prompt an immediate reaction by the region’s states. It is imperative that regional mechanisms and UN bodies initiate a dialogue with countries, in particular to ensure the right to asylum and refuge.
AMIA attack: We ask that Argentina be held responsible and the case be sent to the Inter-American Court
On November 11, a pleading hearing in the AMIA case took place at the 174th session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), held in Quito, Ecuador. The participants in the hearing included Diana Wassner de Malamud and Adriana Reisfeld, from the Memoria Activa association of family members of AMIA victims, as well as … Continued
We seek to act as plaintiffs in the Acindar case
A plant owned by the Argentine steelmaker housed both a clandestine detention center and a police outpost during the 1976-1983 dictatorship. Company executives pointed out the workers who should be kidnapped and provided the military with photographs from their personal files so they could be identified.
Security Ministry promotes the abusive use of lethal force and weakens oversight of police
The government modified regulations on the use of firearms by security force members. The move weakens judicial oversight, and the broad nature of what is defined as an “imminent danger” justifies and enables the abusive use of lethal force.
The green scarf of the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion became part of the uniform of high school students. Teenage girls formed gender committees within student councils and are coordinating efforts to fight for their rights.
Emergency decree against migrant persons: a selective and discriminatory policy
Today marks one year since the national government modified via emergency decree the country’s Migration Law, a product of years of collective struggle for democratic migration legislation. The result is a policy of selectivity that puts people under permanent suspicion.
WTO meeting in Argentina: Rejected accreditations and deportations
The government rejected the accreditations of 65 people who planned to participate in the WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires and sent the list to immigration officials as a security “alert.” Two people on the list were ultimately deported.
OAS must reject the Argentine candidate for the IACHR
The countries of the OAS must elect new commissioners to the IACHR. In February we formally objected to the Argentine state’s candidate. In addition, two ex-presidents of the IACHR, an international panel of independent experts and more than 60 scholars rejected his candidacy.
“Never Again Silence”: Vera Jarach with Angela Merkel at Parque de la Memoria memorial site
The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the German Coalition against Impunity, together with Argentine human rights organizations, presented a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to the Parque de la Memoria.
Surveillance and the use of “less lethal” weapons during protests
Michael Power of South Africa’s Legal Resources Centre, Homer Venters from Physicians for Human Rights, and Matthew Cagle from the American Civil Liberties Union share reflections on state responses to social protest.
Corporate responsibility in crimes against humanity: Personal reflections
Victorio Paulón, a metalworker and union leader who was detained during Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship, discusses judicial reluctance to prosecute corporate responsibility for the crimes against humanity committed under state terrorism.
Brutal police operation and torture of Nam Qom community in Formosa: hearing before IACHR
A hearing will be held before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) regarding violence against the Nam Qom community in August 2002 and the lack of state response.
Snowden: “In all countries where we see a strong and secret intelligence agency, we see abuses”
Edward Snowden spoke about the lack of oversight of intelligence systems and the scope of this problem.
The lessons of Ayotzinapa: International investigators talk about the case
Carlos Beristain and Claudia Paz y Paz, members of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) that investigated the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa, visited Argentina.
Kidnapped and coerced: Liliana’s story
In this photo essay, produced in collaboration with WOLA, Liliana recounts how she was threatened and forced into transporting drugs to Argentina, where she is now being incarcerated far from her two children in Venezuela.
Legal arguments begin in trial over repression on December 19-20, 2001
This brutal crackdown on protesters at the height of an economic, social and political crisis caused five deaths and 227 injuries, in Buenos Aires alone.
Human Rights in Argentina: 2015 Report
Torture and Murder of Patricio Barros Cisneros: The Trial Begins
On April 7, six agents of the Buenos Aires Penitentiary Service will be tried for the torture and murder of Patricio Barros Cisneros in the Unit 46 prison.