Falklands : Argentine Human Rights Group Meets With Falklands MLAs
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 18.05.2013 (Article Archived on 15.06.2013)
After agreeing to do so, two MLAs have met with five representatives of a human rights group from Chaco, Argentina in order to listen to their views on a number of issues resulting from the 1982 war.
Human Rights Group Meets With Falklands MLAs
J. Brock (FINN)
After agreeing to
do so, two MLAs have met with five representatives of a human rights group from
Chaco, Argentina in order to listen to their views on a number of issues
resulting from the 1982 war.
MLAs Dick Sawle
and Mike Summers attended the meeting following a request from the group made
directly to the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly. Three regional
Argentine politicians with specific responsibilities for human rights in the
Chaco region attended the meeting, along with the Chairman and Secretary of the
human rights group.
Islands are a modern democracy, and we uphold fundamental values such as freedom
of speech and human rights, said MLA Sawle. He went on to say that on
humanitarian grounds, it was only right that we should listen to the views of
this group who are actively involved in investigating the cases of abuse of
many Argentine veterans who suffered greatly at the hands of their own officers
during the invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982.
we may listen to their views on a variety of issues, on the specific issue of
DNA testing we have made it very clear that we can only consider any practical
action if and when we receive a request from the International Red Cross which
must have the full and unequivocal support of the Families Commission in
Argentina, he concluded.
“It is notable
that an Argentine group such as this recognise the legitimate and
democratically elected Government of the Falkland Islands, and should request
this meeting,” said MLA Summers. “We made it clear to the group that all
peoples, including Falkland Islanders, have human rights, and that the current
approach of the Argentine Government is unhelpful in achieving any
co-operation,” he continued. He went on to say that the wishes of families are
important, but the political context will be a determining factor.