Malvinas war veterans who had claimed to be victims of abuse and torture by their superior officers during the Falklands conflict of 1982 will take the matter up with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the CECIM centre of former soldiers from La Plata announced.
The move comes after the Argentine Supreme Court dismissed the case in a February 19 ruling and following statements by President Cristina Fernández, who during her State of the Nation address to Congress recommended war veterans to take the matter to the IACHR.
CECIM representative Ernesto Alonso revealed the war veterans’ legal writ would be filed “as soon as possible” even though they have a six-month time frame from the Supreme Court decision.
Besides from the president, the Malvinas veterans gained support from Defense Minister Agustín Rossi, Human Rights Secretary Martín Fresneda, the Legitimate Justice organization and the UNESCO Chair for the Promotion of Culture of peace and Human Rights.
Minister Rossi said he was ready to help the Malvinas war Veterans if they decided to take their case to the IACHR in Washington, as was suggested last Sunday by president Cristina Fernandez during her speech before congress.
We're ready to help the former combatants, said Rossi when consulted on the issue by Tierra del Fuego media. The Supreme Court decided to dismiss the demand, but if the former combatants want to follow and present their case before the IAHM court, we are going to support you, underlined Rossi.