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TORTURE ON CONGRESS BACKBURNER

On November 28, 2012 the National Congress passed Law 26,827 creating the National System for the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment.. This legal instrument establishes the National Committee for the Prevention of Torture ( Part II article 6).

However, as of yet, this Committee has not been established due to the lack of political consensus. So much so that, on July 11, Mariela Belski — executive director of Amnesty International Argentina (AI) — sent a letter to the Bicameral Commission and to the leaders of both the PRO and PJ-FpV caucuses in the Senate (Federico Pinedo and Miguel Angel Pichetto). Through this missive she expresses concern over the abrupt cancellation of the audience scheduled for that same day to designate candidates for the National Committee.

The full letter can be accessed on the AI website (https://amnistia.org.ar/wp-content/uploads/delightful-downloads/2017/07/Carta-Amnist%C3%ADa-Internacional-Comisi%C3%B3n-Bicameral.pdf). Almost five years have gone by and there’s no agreement in sight. Unfortunately, AI is right: torture prevention is an urgent topic for human rights, but not a Congressional priority.

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Ildefonso Miguel Thomsen

 

 

TIME TO WAKE UP

I can understand those who believe that things seemed “better” during the previous administration. Why? Because there was more consumption; we all spent more money on goods, entertainment, trips. But the fact is that it was just a mirage, a fictitious sense of well-being, an unreal situation. We’ve been distracted for too long. Let’s admit it: we’ve been living above our means, our real means. It’s high time we faced the truth: an impoverished economy, an unbelievable percentage of poor people, lacks of all sorts and sizes (running water, sewage, housing, employment, safety, health, education, you name it).

Our society suffers from a terminal disease: corruption, the mother of all evils, and this government seems willing to put an end to it, in all areas. Major surgery is needed here, not pain-killers that mask the symptoms. But the results are far from immediate or miraculous. It takes time to heal a perverted system.

Someone once said, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I do hope we’re walking in the right direction, though.

Ringuelet/La Plata

Irene Bianchi

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