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.