Furthering Argentina’s human rights leadership

Fostering human rights is a central aspect of Argentine foreign policy. Argentina works along with other actors of the national and international human rights system for the purpose of promoting actions that lead to specific progress in the enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms—that is to say, civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights.

Since the return to democracy in 1983, Argentine society has sought to find the truth about serious human rights violations and to eradicate impunity. This has translated into an internationally recognized transitional justice process which has enabled Argentina to have an important role in this area. Thus, Argentina has supported at a universal level the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, the right to the truth, and the use of forensic genetics.

Additionally, Argentina has expressed its opposition to any kind of mass atrocity, and has deployed intensive action to prevent genocide. As a consequence, Argentina has organized regional forums for genocide prevention, and is a founding member of the Global Action against Mass Atrocity Crimes network and the Latin American Network for Genocide Prevention. The purpose of the latter is to incorporate and develop, through training and regional cooperation activities, the notion of education in genocide and mass atrocity prevention as a priority on the Latin American agenda.

These international actions have also included constant support for the indivisibility and interdependence of economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights, the development of international human rights law, and for actions to further enjoyment of rights by the most vulnerable sectors of the population.

At a regional level, Argentina supports the Inter-American Human Rights System, which has been a partner in the development of human rights institutions since the return of democracy and a tool for institutional development within the State.

Our country also actively participates in human rights meetings at UNASUR and MERCOSUR, and Argentina is the seat of the MERCOSUR Human Rights Public Policy Institute.