Human Rights in Argentina:
Spotlights on 1976-1983 and the Present
12-Day Sample Program in Buenos Aires
Human Rights are inalienable rights due to everyone. Despite this fact they are a point of contention, discussion and debate worldwide. Argentina is no exception. Argentina’s mixed human rights record has been at the forefront of Human Rights discussions for many years -- from a history of military dictatorships and clandestine detention centers, to being the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage and state-recognized gender reassignment in 2010. While many basic freedoms are protected, there are still ongoing concerns including threats to freedom of expression, lack of freedom of information legislation, violence against women, police abuse, poor prison conditions, barriers to accessing reproductive health products and services, and failure to protect indigenous rights.
Today Argentina continues to grapple with its troubled past and make reparations for the human rights violations committed during Argentina’s military dictatorship (1976-1983). The country has made a significant effort to reopen cases of human rights violations that were previously pardoned in order to prosecute former officials. Given the large number of victims, suspects, and cases, prosecutors and judges face challenges in bringing those responsible to justice while also respecting due process rights of the accused.
The call for Indigenous rights and Women’s Rights remain at the forefront of Argentina’s social consciousness. Organizations like #NiUnaMenos, utilize public spaces, social media, and protests to call for end violence against women and demand on women’s rights to be addressed. For decades, indigenous peoples in Argentina have been treated like second class citizens, subjected to violence, intimidation and discrimination with their human rights ignored. In recent months, their claims and demands have started to gain traction on the political and social agenda in Argentina as the country begins to address these violations of human rights.
Through a series of talks, site visits and presentations participants in this program will get a personal and up-close view of not only past human rights events but current popular movements. Students will leave this program with a deeper understanding of the lasting effects of military dictatorships, and how, not only a nation, but individuals move forward and the efforts being made by all parties to address these issues.
Day 1 - Arrival in Buenos Aires
A Campus Argentina representative will be at the airport to meet your group upon arrival. You will be transported to your accommodation.
- Orientation Session:
After check-in, you will have a short orientation session at your lodging about Safety & Culture in Argentina. After the Orientation Session you will have free time to explore, relax, and prepare for your adventure in Argentina!
- Welcome Dinner
In the evening we will have a traditional Argentine barbecue “asado” welcome dinner at or near your lodging.
Day 2 -
- Buenos Aires City Tour:
After the morning orientation session you will have a full day guided tour of Buenos Aires where you will explore some of Buenos Aires’ most culturally significant neighborhoods. Beginning in the historic Plaza de Mayo, you will walk through some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, La Boca and its bohemian neighbor San Telmo to discover the birthplace of art and commerce in Argentina. Known for it’s bright colors and picturesque buildings, La Boca is home to some of the city’s most important figures and as well as La Bombonera--the stadium of Argentina’s beloved Boca Juniors soccer team.
- Visit Parque de la Memoria:
Visit the public park created to commemorate the lives of those disappeared during the dictatorship of 1976-1983. This visit will be lead by a guided tour ending at the on-site museum which has rotating exhibits related to current and past Human Rights Issues.
Day 3 -
- University Lecture:
Topic: Human Rights and Cultural Production in Argentina through video clips, tv spots, and commercials students will see the various media methods employed by the Argentine government, non-profit organizations, and social activist groups to reach their target audience. This lecture will also serve as an introduction to social and political context within Argentina.
- Talk with the Madres de Plaza de Mayo:
After lunch you will watch a short film providing background on the history of the organization of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. You will then attend a talk with two mother’s who are members of the organization.