AT THE SCHOOL OF LAW OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BUENOS AIRES (UBA) AND FOR THREE INTENSIVE DAY SESSIONS, 35 EXPERTS IN HUMAN RIGHTS FROM 13 COUNTRIES DISCUSSED PAST TIMES WHEN HUMAN RIGHTS WERE SERIOUSLY VIOLATED, AND ANALYZED THEIR INEVITABLE LEGACY IN THE TRANSITION TOWARDS DEMOCRACY.

The dialogue was held in the context of the international conference “THE PRESENCE OF THE PAST, URGENCIES OF THE PRESENT. “Authoritarian and Totalitarian Past and the Challenges of Contemporary Democracies” organized by the CIPDH-UNESCO and the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in East Germany (Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur) and took place on 24-26 June 2019.

During the sessions with experts, debates were held regarding subjects like the legacy of transitions from authoritarian to democratic regimes, the role of the sites of memory for the communication to new generations and also “significant silences”, that is, those complex subjects that were left out from history. Strong emphasis was placed on the transitional justice mechanisms and the contributions made by truth-seeking processes to strengthen democracy.

The international event also had two activities open to the public: the keynote speech “Memory, Another Way of Building History” and the “Urgencies of the Present” panel discussion.

MANUEL-REYES MATE RUPÉREZ: THE VALUE OF MEMORY IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF DEMOCRACY

In the keynote speech, Manuel-Reyes Mate Rupérez delivered his presentation on “Memory, Another Way of Building History” to an audience of around a hundred of people. The renowned Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) highlighted that “history is built on many oblivions that essentially are sufferings inflicted on the weak, and if we want to build a future that does not follow that lethal reasoning of making progress at the expense of the weak, we have to remember.” And he promoted the creation of more compassionate politics: “We should think about politics without paying much attention to progress, even better, we should think about compassionate politics that include the value of memory.”

Read the speaker’s resumés here.

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INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS TALKED ABOUT THE THREATS TO CURRENT DEMOCRACIES

As a closing activity of the international conference, the “Urgencies of the Present” panel discussion was held, where experts discussed the challenges faced by contemporary democracies and the “dilemmas that sometimes arise from ruling governments”, as moderator Rubén Chababo, from the National University of Rosario, Argentina, stated before the debate started.

Speakers:

– Todd Landman, University of Nottingham, England
– Enrique Peruzzotti, Torcuato Di Tella University/CONICET, Argentina
– Ana Lorena Delgadillo Pérez, Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho, Mexico
– Patricia Tappatá Valdez, CIPDH-UNESCO, Argentina
– Rubén Chababo, (moderator)

Read the speaker’s resumés here.

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