Armando Valladares. Buenos Aires Press Conference. Tuesday, January 24, 2023

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Thank you for your kind presence. Express my pleasure to be back in Argentina working on human rights issues.

The Human Rights Committee of the Interamerican Institute for Democracy returns to Argentina after the restrictions imposed by COVID. I was here to defend the human rights of the military imprisoned as a result of terrorism and government actions that were called dirty war and that in the 21st century presents the reality of trials and sentences for political decisions that far from constituting justice -in too many cases - seem like revenge.

The Interamerican Institute for Democracy is a civil organization from the United States made up of volunteers from all over the Americas who work for freedom, human rights, democracy and institutions. It is important to ratify that we are a non-partisan, non-proselytizing and pluralistic organization that is guided by the principles, values and laws of universal validity: "Human rights are the set of prerogatives based on human dignity, the effective realization of which is essential for the integral development of the person. This set of prerogatives is established within the national legal order, in the political constitution, international treaties and laws.

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other condition. We all have the same human rights without discrimination. These rights are interrelated, interdependent and indivisible".

We have important works and we have collected and published in our editorial fund the opinion of Argentine authors, jurists and analysts that allows us to affirm that "Argentina has political prisoners" for which very little or no one claims because their executioners have imposed the narrative of shame for human rights defenders.

Our presence, the meetings and interviews that we have had in the field of Argentine political prisoners are intended to point out this atrocious anomaly and to ask that the abuse against people who have not had legal equality and consequently have been deprived of due legal process and subjected to a defenseless situation.

As a former prisoner of conscience of the Cuban dictatorship, I affirm that it is time to stop this outrage.

I would also like to inform you that the committee under my charge has made a visit to Santiago del Estero for denunciations of violations of human rights of citizens subjected to a state of defenselessness before public power. We have collected information and evidence and will issue a report on the matter.

Thank you.

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