Jurists, academics, leaders of organizations, activists and relatives of victims of institutional violence participated this Saturday in the 5th Federal Meeting of Human Rights on the premises of the former Esma, where the debates and lectures were crossed by the repercussions of the murder of Lucas González, the 17-year-old adolescent shot days ago by members of the Buenos Aires City Police.
“We are in a very sad moment because of what happened with Lucas. In the last elections, voices of hatred and denial appeared with some candidates who promoted a strong hand. We cannot allow people who do not recognize that there were crimes against them in this country. humanity can assume in Congress. We are going to look for all the legal tools so that they cannot assume, “said the Secretary of Human Rights, Horacio Pietragalla Corti, at the opening ceremony of this Meeting.
The activity was organized by the Federal Human Rights Network and had more than 3,000 participants who attended the debates that took place in various commissions, according to information provided by spokespersons for the Human Rights Secretariat.
“The coups did not end: today we have judges and deputies committed to the coup plotters. The right wing does not rest. It will try to continue to undermine the resistance of our people.”Adolfo Pérez Esquivel
After the opening, held at the door of the House by the identity of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, located on the premises of the former ESMA, Pietragalla Corti affirmed that the Federal Meetings “were designed to build a public agenda on the demands of the militants and the different territorial spaces “.
“From the Secretariat we work hard on institutional violence. Until we think of a transversal action that goes beyond the positions of the different political parties, we will continue to have cases of easy trigger or abuse by the forces of justice. security, “he said.
The Secretary led the opening together with the Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and the Secretary for Human Rights of the province of La Rioja, Delfor “Pocho” Brizuela.
“The coups did not end because today we have judges and deputies committed to the coup plotters. The right wing does not rest. It will try to continue to undermine the resistance of our people, we must have strategies to be able to think about how to build,” said Pérez Esquivel.
In dialogue with Télam, the Nobel Peace Prize added that “this meeting in which men and women from all over the country meet is very important,” and evaluated that the high number of participants constitutes “a sign of hope.”
“The militancy is alive, with the flags raised, inalienable to the great principles and the great struggles,” said Brizuela, and demanded for “the freedom of political prisoners in democracy”, referring to the social leader of Jujuy Milagro Sala, detained since 2016 for various reasons.
“These Federal Meetings were designed to build a public agenda on the demands of the militants and the different territorial spaces”Horacio Pietragalla Corti
The conference was attended by jurists, academics, unions (such as ATE and Sadop) and leaders of organizations from all over the country, who debated in different thematic commissions such as trials against humanity, mental health, communication, indigenous peoples and law. to Earth, institutional violence, spaces for Memory, diversity, work, identity, migrants and Lawfare, where former Vice President Amado Boudou participated.
In the Institutional Violence Commission, to which more than 500 people registered, a request was made for the approval of a bill in Congress, promoted by the Secretariat, so that “comprehensive tools are generated with the purpose of preventing and eradicating cases of abuse by police forces, security and prison services throughout the national territory. “
There among other voices, the testimonies of the members of the group “Mothers in Struggle” could be heard., who began their presentations very moved by the recent case of Lucas, murdered on Wednesday by City police in the Barracas neighborhood of Buenos Aires in the context of an operation in which the officers who intervened were dressed in civilian clothes and circulated aboard a vehicle without identification.
Among them was Noma Díaz, mother of Camila Arjona, who was murdered in 2005, at the age of 14 and from behind, by the Federal Police, trigger-happy victim.
“We are all hurt by what happened these days, all the moms cried and it made me remember Camila a lot. Now we have to hug Lucas’s mother, how do we do now with what happened, how are we going to continue and help that woman? Mom. We are going to encourage her to continue fighting and to ask for justice, “she added.
Also spoke Dolly Demonty, mother of Ezequiel Demonty, killed by the Federal Police in 2002, and launched a question: “How many cases (of institutional violence) there are that we do not know. They are events in which there is a class issue and they continue to kill us kids.”
“The militancy is alive, with the flags raised, inalienable to the great principles and the great struggles”Delfor Brizuela-Secretary of Human Rights of the province of La Rioja
Then exposed Mariana Sánchez, mother of Nazareno Vargas, an 18-year-old victim of institutional violence with Agustín Curbelo, of the same age, who with the case of Lucas said to have relived what happened with his son. “For four years nothing has been done in the cause of my son,” he lamented.
Those who participated in the event brought mate and food to spend the entire day of the commissions, while the organization promoted constant hydration in the face of a hot and sunny day.
During the activities, the reencounter climate prevailed between the militancy of the organizations and groups, because last year the Federal Meeting was held virtually based on the sanitary restrictions imposed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Federal Meeting of Human Rights was crossed by debates on the Lucas case