Human Rights groups in support of Cristina Fernández:

Buenos Aires, Dec 13 (EFE).- Argentine human rights organizations denounced this Tuesday the judicial persecution or ‘lawfare’ that, in their opinion, the vice president, Cristina Fernández, is suffering, convicted “without evidence” for corruption a week ago, fact that, they assured, endangers democracy.

“Democracy is at risk in the country, but it is at risk throughout the continent,” said Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980, at a press conference in Buenos Aires along with other leaders, such as the Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo.

The act, held in the museum located in the former Navy School of Mechanics, which was the largest clandestine detention and torture center of the last dictatorship (1976-1983), was held within the framework of International Human Rights Day and was promoted by the Human Rights Secretariat, which depends on the Government.

The leader of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo-Línea Fundadora, Taty Almeida, and Mabel Careaga, daughter of Esther Ballestrino, one of the founders of Madres -disappeared by the dictatorship in 1977-, read a manifesto that was highly critical of the judges who sentenced Fernández, signed by more than 40 organizations.

“This political court seeks, through a sentence without evidence, to ban our country’s main political leader for life, with a ruling that constitutes a clear sign that ‘lawfare’ exists in our country,” the text states. .

A week ago, Fernández, president between 2007 and 2015, was sentenced to six years in prison and perpetual disqualification from holding public office for defrauding the public administration in a case for irregularities in the concession of works during the Kirchner governments (2003-2015). ).

After the verdict, the vice president, who cannot be detained due to the immunity of her office, claimed to be a victim of the “judicial mafia” and a “parastatal” apparatus that does not forgive her for defending the “rights of the people” and announced that He does not plan to run for any position in the 2023 elections.

According to humanitarian organizations, this is a “persecution by the judiciary, media power and the concentrated powers of the economy” of “popular leaders” like her.

And they warn of the “coincidences” with what happened to the former president of Brazil and current president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who in 2018 was “imprisoned for almost 2 years in a shameful trial, without evidence or constitutional guarantees, to the point that later should have been annulled.”

“The full validity of the democratic agreement to which all Argentine men and women committed ourselves almost 40 years ago requires that we be able to continue judging those responsible for the crimes of the most horrifying period in our history, but also that there be no type of proscription, persecution or jail on those who represent the interests of the people”, they remarked.

The organizations also criticized the “collusion between judges, prosecutors, officials, intelligence agents and important media businessmen”, in reference to a case denounced by the Government for allegedly integrating a corruption plot.

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Human Rights groups in support of Cristina Fernández: