Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CFK (Cristina Fernández de Kirchner) and human rights

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (CFK in shorthand) hardly took a breath between leaving office and actively leading the opposition campaign against the conservative/oligarchic government of Mauricio Macri, who took office in December 2015. She has been in Europea speaking out on various issues. Speaking to the left parliamentary group of the European Parliament, she discussed current human rights issues in Argentina and criticized Macri for not keeping his campaign commitment to maintain human rights policies, especially against criminals who were part of the dictatorship of 1976-83, Cristina Kirchner con eurodiputados del Bloque GUE/NGL en el Parlamento Europeo (Spanish) 10.05.2017:

She and the Peronist opposition she leads are protesting and seeking to rectify a recent decision by the Argentine Supreme Court that could give convicted criminal from the dictatorship early release from prison. 2x1: Activists outraged by Supreme Court ruling Buenos Aires Herald 05/05/2017 explains:

Human rights activists expressed their outrage and shock yesterday, 24 hours after the Supreme Court controversially ruled over the so-called “2x1” law, setting a precedent that paves the way for the reduction of prison sentences and the early release of repressors convicted of crimes against humanity during Argentina’s last military dictatorship (1976-1983).

The justices’ majority ruling, by three of the court’s five members to two, reduces the sentence of 61-year-old Luis Muiña — who was handed a 13-year prison for kidnapping and torture — and creates a precedent that others convicted of crimes against humanity will seek to take advantage of. The court found that Muiña’s time served in prison before his conviction should count double.
As Cristina explained in her European Parliament appearances, two of the three justices voting for the early release were Macri appointees.

She also addressed the issue in other appearances on her trip. CFK con C5N en Bruselas: Preocupación por los retrocesos en Derechos Humanos 10.05.2017:

Conferencia de Cristina Kirchner en el Parlamento Europeo #cfkenbruselas 10.05.2107

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