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UK praise for Argentina's Human Rights Record

Tuesday, November 7th 2017 - 09:40 UTC
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The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The United Kingdom praised Argentina for the advances in implementing human rights legislation and practice. The UK statement was delivered at the 28th session of the Universal Period Review during the discussion of Argentina's Human Rights Record on 6 November 2017. The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

 “The UK welcomes the progress Argentina has made towards implementing previous UPR recommendations; in particular the introduction of the National Plan of Action for Prevention, Assistance and Eradication of Violence against Women in 2016. We encourage the Argentine government to move ahead in implementing the plan and ensuring an integrated approach to combating violence against women.

”The UK also welcomes Argentina’s ratification of the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention 1930 and their support for the ‘50 for Freedom’ campaign to encourage further global engagement.

“Reports indicating an increase in cases criminalizing those involved in peaceful social protest are concerning, as are ongoing issues concerning prison conditions and issues of overcrowding”.

On this last statement the UK recommends “To take all necessary practical measures to tackle forced labor, modern slavery and human trafficking in line with the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention 1930.

”To recognize the important work of human rights defenders and ensure their effective protection against threats and violence due to their work.

“To adopt an open, merit-based selection process when selecting national candidates for UN Treaty Body elections”.

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  • Marti Llazo

    Because murdering your prosecutors just oozes “human rights.”

    Nov 07th, 2017 - 02:16 pm 0
  • DemonTree

    @BK
    “...the introduction of the National Plan of Action for Prevention, Assistance and Eradication of Violence against Women in 2016.”

    “The UK also welcomes Argentina’s ratification of the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention 1930...”

    Ratified 9 Nov 2016, so yes these were both achieved under Macri. Why do you assume he must be either wholly good or wholly bad for human rights? And he's not a dictator either, his party doesn't even have a majority in congress so plenty of other people have an influence. My impression is that there is a big grassroots movement in Argentina protesting violence against women, and it would be right to give some of the credit to them rather than any politicians.

    Nov 07th, 2017 - 05:49 pm 0
  • Enrique Massot

    @BK

    Agree that Macri's record is less than positive with the arbitrary imprisonment of Milagro Sala, the government's open protection of the border police (Gendarmerie) in the Santiago Maldonado case, and also by several episodes of police brutality against students, retirees and citizens at large--something Argentines had almost forgotten in the previous 12 years.

    @DT
    ”I don't see (Macri) as being opposed to human rights in general, but more specifically objecting to protests etc because they are bad for business and, as he sees it, bad for the country.”

    No. As Macri sees it, protests are bad for business, period. Watch the next chapter, a sweeping reform of Labour law with which Macri expects to wipe out seven decades of progress in the field.

    Nov 09th, 2017 - 01:32 am 0
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