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OHCHR Representative carried out human rights activities in Argentina

22 de August, 2017

Photo: OHCHR South AmericaSANTIAGO (22 August de 2017) – On 16-18 August he Representative for South America of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Mr. Amerigo Incalcaterra, carried out a visit to Buenos Aires (Argentina). The visit included various activities and bilateral meetings with authorities and experts in the area.

Presentations

On 17 August, Mr. Incalcaterra participated in an event on business and human rights, organized by the National Ombuds Office. The activity gathered over 300 attendants, including civil servants, representatives of companies and civil society organizations. Citing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Mr. Incalcaterra highlighted the importance of the prevention and mitigation of negative impacts of business activities. The member of the UN Working Group on business and human rights, Mr. Dante Pesce, was also a speaker.

The Regional Representative also participated in the launch of the National Voluntary Review of Argentina on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development in the country. The event was attended by representatives from all State entities and the UN Country Team in Argentina. Mr. Incalcaterra emphasized on the relevance of honouring the country’s human rights commitments during the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Bilateral meetings

During the trip, Mr. Incalcaterra met with Argentina’s Viceminister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Daniel Raimondi, in order to exchange ideas on the human rights situation in the region and also on the different activities carried out by OHCHR in the country.

He also held a meeting with the team of the National Human Rights Secretariat and his head, Mr. Claudio Avruj, to analyse matters of common interest and share concerns such as information received by the Regional Office on the situation of Mr. Santiago Maldonado, a young man who has recently disappeared in the province of Chubut.

On the same matter, Mr. Incalcaterra dialogued with the president of the Human Rights Commission of the National House of Representatives, Ms. Victoria Donda. They also analysed the human rights agenda of the Commission she leads.

During his visit, the Regional Representative also held a meeting with Mr. Santiago Cantón, Human Rights Secretary of the Buenos Aires province, on different issues and human rights situation in the province.

Additionally, Mr. Incalcaterra engaged in dialogue with Ms. Andrea Pochak, general director of human irghts of the Fiscal Public Ministry, on cooperation activities between this body and the Public Ministry of Chile, as well as on the ongoing investigation on the Santiago Maldonado case.

The OHCHR Representative finally held a meeting with Ms. Verónica Gómez, director of the master programme on human rights of the International Centre for Political Studies of the National University of San Martín, in order to strengthen cooperation ties between both institutions and to advance the programme of joint activities to be carried out in the near future.

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