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Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo asks to reinforce the struggle

Buenos Aires, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo Association today called on the Argentine people and the international community to support the defense of human rights and the search for children appropriated during the last civil-military dictatorship (1976-1983).

The organization that gathers women who lost their children and grandchildren during that regime urged to reinforce actions and launched a campaign to collect signatures ‘before the massive onslaught of the Executive Power against all the consensuses and public policies built throughout 40 years of democracy’.

The Argentine State, as a whole, violates international norms of constitutional rank by defunding, emptying and eliminating agencies that deal with human rights in general and the right to identity in particular, the message from Abuelas points out.

As in other dark times, we need the world to accompany this claim to safeguard the commitment to Memory, Truth and Justice, sustained for so many years, it adds.

The document can be signed at and denounces the intentions of Javier Milei’s government to eliminate the Special Unit for the Investigation of the disappearance of children as a consequence of the actions of State terrorism (UEI), which belongs to the Commission for the Right to Identity.

What is happening in Argentina, a model country of justice and reparation in peace and with all the safeguards of the law, is unprecedented in four decades of democracy, warns the text that insists on the urgency of recovering more than 300 children taken from their families, the so-called ‘disappeared alive’.

The UEI was created in 2004 with the aim of promoting the investigation of the cases of our grandchildren in a preliminary instance that seeks to guarantee the right to identity and truth.

Its elimination will slow down the search and will be detrimental to citizens, an obstacle to justice and an expense for the State, says a statement from Abuelas.

We have around 7,000 reports of possible children of disappeared persons.

Without the existence of the UEI, we would have to go to the Federal Courts or to the Specialized Prosecutor’s Unit for Child Appropriation Cases, something absolutely inefficient and unfeasible, it adds.