Human Rights: urgent request for treatment of the law against Institutional Violence

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As in every edition, the conference seeks to share experiences and take stock of the human rights situation in every corner of the country. In total, eleven thematic commissions were organized: Trials against humanity; Mental Health and Human Rights; Communication and Human Rights; Native peoples and the right to the Land; Institutional Violence; Spaces for Memory; Diversities; Labor and Human Rights, Identity, Migrants Afro-descendant Community and Lawfare.

This year, the commission dedicated to Institutional Violence had record participation. In addition to the generalized request to the entire political arc for the urgent treatment of the law against institutional violence, the participants – among whom there were relatives of victims, social organizations and human rights organizations – requested that this year’s meeting It bears the name of Lucas González, the young man murdered a few days ago by the City police.

The revision of the regulations in the different provinces was also requested; debate on democratizing and popularizing the Judiciary and taking care of the social and media discourses that endorse the repressive actions of the Security Forces and reinforce the stigmatization of victims as a mechanism of discrimination by the police against our children.

Another of the commissions that had an important concurrence was that of Trials against Humanity, where the need to advance and deepen the pending cases was emphasized and the enormous concern about the advance of denialist speeches was expressed, something that was also analyzed in the Communication and Human Rights commission.

On the other hand, the space dedicated to Lawfare, which had the participation of the former Vice President of the Nation, Amado Boudou, revolved around the need to focus the discussion on legal and political strategies to counteract the phenomenon, especially on the situation of the political prisoners in Argentina. The reform of the judiciary was another of the most important axes of discussion.

In Mental Health and Human Rights, workers and professionals from different regions of our country pointed out the need to strengthen public policies aimed at restoring rights to users of mental health services, in particular the right to live in the community, to work and participation.

In that space, in the afternoon, a special program on Radio La Colifata was held, with the participation of Pan del Borda, Movida de Locos and the Argentine Network of Art and Mental Health, all transformative experiences starring people who have gone through experiences of institutionalization and promote inclusion and non-discrimination.

The commission that brought together the youngest public was Diversidades, where the advancement of public policies to respond to the problems of the LGBTIQ + population was recognized, and to continue in that line, it was proposed to promote the creation of Diversities areas in the provincial governments and municipalities throughout the country.

There were also debates around the territorial emergency for native peoples; full compliance with the human rights of migrants; the right to identity; and the need to work towards a memory public policy law, among other issues.

Before the end of the day, two awards were given to Alfredo Moffat and Alicia Stolkiner, leaders in the field of human rights and mental health.
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The closing of the meeting was attended by Taty Almeida, from Mothers of Plaza de Mayo- Línea Fundadora; Lita Boitano of Relatives Disappeared and Detained for Political Reasons; Santiago Osuna, from the group HIJOS de Chaco; Norma Díaz, the mother of Camila Arjona, murdered by the police in 2005; and Horacio Pietragalla Corti, Secretary of Human Rights of the Nation.

All the interventions were marked by the murder of Lucas González and concern about institutional violence. At the closing, Pietragalla Corti reiterated the request that the law against institutional violence be approved in Congress. “The condolences of the city authorities to the family are of no use if they do not give us a quorum to discuss the law later,” he stressed.

About the Federal Network for Human Rights

The Federal Network for Human Rights is a space designed as an articulator of human rights organizations, political organizations, unions, universities and independent actors of civil society who feel challenged by the issue of human rights and who do not necessarily work daily in jointly or coordinate their activities throughout the national territory.

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Human Rights: urgent request for treatment of the law against Institutional Violence