Human Rights Issues in Argentina

The subject of human rights is without a doubt one of the most important and debated topics in Argentina today. Many people know about the 2001 economic crisis; however, the seven-year military dictatorship had a comparable impact on Argentina and has yet to be resolved. In 2006, Argentina marked the 30th anniversary of the 1976 military coup which lasted until 1983. This seven-year period saw an estimated 30,000 civilians "disappear" and many thousands more subjected to atrocious human rights violations—notably kidnap and torture.

President Kirchner recently promised to bring the perpetrators to justice. In 2003 Congress rolled back measures taken in the late 1980s and 1990s by previous administrations to pardon former military officials that were guilty of human rights abuses during the dictatorship. In 2005 these were overturned by a Supreme Court ruling, opening the way to detention and prosecution of suspects. Until Argentina takes the steps necessary to put to justice those guilty of the kidnappings, tortures, and murders, its people will not be able to heal the open wounds from which they have been suffering during the last 30 years.

FSD has many partner organizations that work directly towards the accountability and reconciliation of the human rights violations that took place during the dictatorship. It is an ideal place to observe and participate in the implementation of human rights enforcement and reconciliation tools. There are endless possibilities to explore different aspects of human rights with the numerous organizations FSD works with—many of which were founded as a direct result of being victims of the violent seven-year dictatorship.

Read more about Human Rights programs and opportunities initiated by our Community Partners in Argentina.

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