Argentina

Indigenous community protests repressed as clothing giant Benetton takes more land

On 10th and 11th January security forces violently repressed the Mapuche community of Cushamen, in the Chubut province. Read more

Indigenous community protests repressed as clothing giant Benetton takes more land

Activist remains in detention despite UN pressure

A grassroots activist who was detained in January after holding a protest remains in prison despite a petition for her immediate release made by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Read more

Activist remains in detention despite UN pressure

Protests dispersed with excessive force in Argentina

Security forces in Argentina continue to use excessive force against protestors. Read more

Protests dispersed with excessive force in Argentina

New police protocol threatens right to protest

New rules for police operations during protests do not ban the use of live ammunition, while revised media laws undermine the independence of media regulation. Read more


Expression

Argentina is a relatively safe country for journalists, but there have been cases of harassment and political intimidation by provincial governments. In December 2013, Juan Pablo Suárez, a newspaper editor, was arrested and later accused of sedition and inciting collective violence under the highly criticized antiterrorism law. Read more


Peaceful Assembly

Peaceful protests are frequent in Argentina, and people are able to demonstrate mostly without constraint; no prior authorisation requirements are in place. However, a newly issued protocol on police action during demonstrations would allow the security forces to use firearms or rubber bullets to disperse crowds. Read more


Association

The right to create and operate civil society organisations is guaranteed in Argentina. NGOs, trade unions, grassroots organisations and advocacy groups are legally recognised, are robust and play a major role in society. Read more


Overview

Despite limitations in the exercise of some civic space freedoms, which are particularly apparent at the local level, Argentine civil society is robust and highly visible and has played a positive role in recent legal reforms. The media is highly polarised, and stigmatising statements and criticism by public officials impede the healthy deliberation of public issues. Read more