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Facial Recognition System Uses Flawed Data, Poses Further Risks to Children

(New York) – Argentina’s Justice and Human Rights Ministry is regularly publishing online the personal data of children with open arrest warrants, Human Rights Watch said today. The Buenos Aires city government has then been loading the images and…
Commuters walk through an overcrowded subway station during local rush hour on March 13, 2020 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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End Insurmountable Barriers

(Washington, DC) – The life and health of anyone who is pregnant in Argentina will be at risk as long as access to abortion and post-abortion care remains heavily restricted, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today…
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  The recent transfer from prison to house arrest of hundreds of people allegedly at high risk of complications from Covid-19 has sparked a heated debate about whether the pandemic should lead to detainee releases and, if so, who should be…
Police take position outside the Villa Devoto prison where inmates riot to protest authorities not doing enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus inside the jail in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on April 24, 2020.
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Unsanitary Cells Prime Condition for Spreading Virus Outside Walls

(New York) – The unsanitary, overcrowded prisons and juvenile detention centers in most Latin American and Caribbean countries offer prime conditions for outbreaks of COVID-19 that could severely affect the health of detainees and of…
Inmates point from inside of La Modelo prison in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 22, 2020.
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Withdraw Request to Investigate Judge

(Washington, DC) – The Argentine government’s request to investigate a judge who is looking into allegations of surveillance and extortion that could implicate government allies undermines judicial independence, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Rules Grant Federal Agents Overly Broad Discretion to Use Firearms

  (Washington, D.C.) – A new government resolution in Argentina to regulate the use of firearms by security agents runs counter to basic human rights standards and could encourage shootings in unjustifiable circumstances, Human Rights Watch…
A member of Argentine National Gendarmerie aims his gun to demonstrators during a protest.
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War Crimes, Torture Allegations Under Scrutiny

  (Buenos Aires) – The Argentine judiciary on November 28, 2018, took steps toward a formal investigation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s possible responsibility for war crimes in Yemen and alleged torture of…
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Human Rights Watch Files with Argentine Federal Prosecutor

  (Buenos Aires) – Argentine judicial authorities have begun examining a submission concerning the role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in connection with alleged war crimes by the Saudi-led coalition in…
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Senate Should End Harmful Policy

(Washington, DC, August 8, 2018) – The Argentine Senate, in a vote set for August 8, 2018, should approve a bill that would limit the country’s criminalization of abortion, which undermines the fundamental rights of women and girls, Human Rights…
Demonstrators hold up green handkerchiefs, which symbolize the abortion rights movement, during a demonstration in favor of legalizing abortion outside the Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 31, 2018.
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Entitled to Consultation on Communal Ownership

  (Washington, DC) – A draft law before the Antigua and Barbuda Senate would deprive Barbudans of communal land where they have lived for generations, Human Rights Watch said today. The Antigua and Barbuda government should consult with the…
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Landmark Opportunity to End Harmful Policy

(Washington) –The Argentine Congress should put an end to the country’s criminalization of abortion, which undermines the fundamental rights of women and girls, Human Rights Watch said today. The House of Representatives will vote on a…
Demonstrators hold up green handkerchiefs, which symbolize the abortion rights movement, during a demonstration in favor of legalizing abortion outside the Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 31, 2018.
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Repeal Colonial-Era Laws

(Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018) – Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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Defendants Detained in Case Linked to 1994 Terrorist Attack

(Washington, DC) – The December 6, 2017, indictment by Judge Claudio Bonadio of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, her Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, and 10 others, for “treason” and “concealment” points to no evidence that would seem to…
A man walks by a sign that reads "Memory and Justice" next to the names of the victims of the 1994 Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) bombing
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On May 3, the Argentine Supreme Court issued a controversial ruling on sentencing for crimes against humanity committed during the country’s last dictatorship, from 1976 to 1983. It ruled that Luis Muiña, convicted for torture and kidnappings committed in…
Demonstrators carry pictures of people who disappeared during Argentina's last military dictatorship at commemorations of the 41st anniversary of the coup that ushered in the dictatorship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 24, 2017.
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Financial Crisis Threatens Basic Protections

(Washington, D.C.) – Member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) should promptly ensure that the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights receives enough financial support to fulfill its mandate, Human Rights…
A protester holds up a sign next to relatives of some of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa College Raul Isidro Burgos during a march in Mexico City
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Milagro Sala, a prominent social leader in Jujuy province, was detained on January 16 for participating in peaceful street protests in the center of San Salvador de Jujuy, the provincial capital. Sala and other demonstrators had gathered to protest…
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Backdrop for St. Petersburg Summit is Crackdown on Dissent

(Moscow) – Leaders of G20 countries should take concrete action to show support for human rights and civil society during the G20 summit in St. Petersburg. They should meet nongovernmental organizations, for example. Russia set its priorities for its…
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Don’t Let New Pact with Iran Impede Progress

(Washington, DC) The government of Argentina should ensure that the agreement it signed with Iran to create a truth commission to investigate the 1994 deadly attack against a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires does not prevent progress in national…
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(Washington, DC) – Human Rights Watch issued the following statement on the death on May 17, 2013 of the former Argentine military dictator Jorge Rafael Videla: Jorge Rafael Videla participated in the March 24, 1976 coup d’etat, and acted as de facto…