Debate on human rights organizations in Argentina for Obama’s visit

The main human rights organizations that were invited to the Memory Park, Thursday 24, to pay homage with Mauricio Macri and Barack Obama to the victims of the dictatorship have not decided yet if they will attend.
Moreover, at this time also they maintain a heated debate on whether or not to go there to remember the 40th anniversary of the coup d’état of 76. Neither decided Estela de Carlotto.

The reasons discussed are several, including whether their presence will not be giving or support for Macri, who largely surprised with its policy of continuity to kirchnerismo about human rights. Some continue to reject Obama’s visit, especially because it is the 40th anniversary of the military coup of 1976.

These organizations, including “Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo” (Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo),  “Madres de  Plaza de Mayo” (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo) and the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS), are even the same as recently asked the government of the United States, through its embassy in Buenos Aires declassify the archives of the dictatorship remain secret in Washington. Hours after that meeting, Susan Rice, the Security Adviser Obama, and who is accompanying the president on his travels to Cuba and Argentina announced the declassification of another batch of documents, which will add to the one made in 2002 by order of the same organizations.

On Thursday, before heading to Bariloche, Macri and Obama will be together in the Memorial Park to pay tribute to the victims of the Argentine military regime (1976-1983). Obama is expected to even make a mention of the controversial role of US officials in the coup of March 24, 1976, as part of an advanced against the left and the armed organizations in Latin America. In the park, which is the head of government of the City, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, they were invited several organizations.

In the same Memory Park and there were tributes from the president of France Francois Hollande and the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini.

The Hijos organization is known to or attend. Nor were part of the request for declassification of documents.

Today, in a radio interview, one of the emblematic figures of “Madres de Plaza de Mayo”, Nora Cortinas, showed the same posture weeks ago. “I regret that Macri has accepted that US presidents come in our days. It is inappropriate, a provocation”, he said. Cortinas said Obama was “killing innocent people in areas where there was progress and now people flee”. He said that US President came with “lots of security and provocations as if we were the last jar”. He downplayed the declassification of new documents of the dictatorship in Washington. “Surely the US government will send papers with crossings out as happened”.

Although not yet decided who will, different is the situation of Estela de Carlotto, who already met in different stages with government officials, with Secretary of Human Rights, Claudio Avruj; with Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña and the Macri own. Yesterday he was with the governor of Buenos Aires, María Eugenia Vidal. The head of the Grandmothers was with Hollande in the Memory Park.

The curious thing is that no one then questions the role of the French forces which trained the Argentine military in the methods of torture of detainees.

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