Adolfo Pérez Esquivel: ‘There is No Political Will to Respect Native Peoples’ in Argentina

Nobel Peace Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel said the Argnetine government has a limited view of human rights, and stressed that the extractive model is moving forward, which includes the use of repression. “The truth is that there is no progress because there is no political will in the government to respect native peoples,” said Pérez Esquivel.


Argentina: A Decade Without Dario and Maxi

July 5, 2012 Francesca Fiorentini 0

You don’t need to have met Dario Santillán to know him. And you should know him. Though notorious for his death, it was his grassroots leadership and solidarity work in his short life that defined him—qualities that live on in the social movements he helped to build.  


The Right to Identity: Argentine Congress Affirms Transgender Rights in Historic Vote

May 11, 2012 Francesca Fiorentini 0

Lohana Berkins’ voice sailed over the victorious cheers of hundreds of transgender activists and supporters, and reverberated against the Argentine Congress building in downtown Buenos Aires on Wednesday evening. Inside, Congress had just voted to pass the Gender Identity Law that would allow Argentines to change their name and sex on their identifications without the ruling of a judge, approval from a psychiatrist, nor any obligatory surgery.


First School for Transvestites Opens in Buenos Aires

April 28, 2012 Marcela Valente 0

With 35 students, the first secondary school specifically for transvestites and other members of sexual minorities who face discrimination in mainstream schools opened in March in the Argentine capital. Francisco Quiñones, the head of the new school, explained that the idea was “to create an inclusive school, free of discrimination, that takes into account and values the different trans identities, where they can manage to finish secondary school. Public schools, which are governed by rules that cater to heterosexuals, drive these people away.”


Argentina Thirty Years After the Malvinas War: Demanding Sovereignty and Healing the Wounds of War

April 11, 2012 Francesca Fiorentini 0

On April 2, the National Day of Veterans and the Fallen in the Malvinas, provinces and social organizations throughout Argentina held commemorative activities and marches. But for Argentina, the act of remembering the thirty-year-old Malvinas War is no straightforward task. It is charged with both international politics and an internal struggle within Argentine society.


New Declassified Details on Repression and U.S. Support for Military Dictatorship in Argentina

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the military coup in Argentina, the National Security Archive posted a series of declassified U.S. documents and, for the first time, secret documents from Southern Cone intelligence agencies recording detailed evidence of massive atrocities committed by the military junta in Argentina. The documents include a formerly secret transcript of Henry Kissinger’s staff meeting during which he ordered immediate U.S. support for the new military regime, and Defense and State Department reports on the ensuing repression.


Thousands Protest Canadian Mining Project in Argentina

January 25, 2012 Marcela Valente 0

Thousands of people in the northwest Argentine province of La Rioja are mobilising to stop an open-cast gold mining project in the Nevados de Famatina, a snowy peak that is the semi-arid area’s sole source of drinking water. Residents of Famatina and neighbouring Chilecito have set up a partial roadblock, allowing local residents and tourists to pass, but stopping provincial authorities and anyone representing the Canadian mining company authorised by the Argentine government to mine the area.


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