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Remembrance and human rights centre

From clandestine detention centre to remembrance and human rights centre




The recovery of the property formerly occupied by the Naval School of Mechanics (ESMA, as abbreviated in Spanish) is part of the historical battle carried out by human rights organizations in Argentina, starting with the resistance against dictatorship and remaining strong until today. These tenacious actions in pursuit of Remembrance, Truth and Justice were assumed by our country as State policies since 2003.

The longing of human rights organizations and survivors to recuperate the ESMA property (symbolic extermination centre during the dictatorship years and place of military resistance and public controversies surrounding the collective memory since the restoration of democracy, in 1983) was accomplished within this context.

In 2004, the Federal Government and the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, with an active involvement of human rights organizations, created the "Remembrance and Human Rights Centre". Both jurisdictions - the State’s and the City’s- signed an agreement establishing the campus' restitution to the City1 and the Navy’s eviction. At the same time, a bipartisan commission was created to oversee this process.

The Centre is a public site that works to promote remembrance about the tragedy this society suffered, contributing to the collective comprehension of our past and committed to our society's present problems and needs. It was also conceived as a place to pay tribute to the victims of the civic-military dictatorship.

Multiple political and social institutions and organizations coexist here, working to preserve remembrance and to defend and promote human rights through different perspectives, strategies and methods.

+ Timeline Human Rights in Argentina

+ Glossary

+ Map of the center

For more information:
prensa@espaciomemoria.ar



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El Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos se establece en el predio donde la Escuela de Mecánica de la Armada (ESMA) funcionó durante la dictadura cívico militar (1976-1983) como uno de los emblemáticos centros clandestinos de detención, tortura y exterminio, en el que fueron desaparecidas alrededor de cinco mil personas.


La creación del Espacio, reclamo histórico de los organismos de derechos humanos, fue motorizada por la decisión del entonces Presidente Néstor Kirchner y se plasmó en el Acuerdo que el 24 de marzo de 2004 suscribieron los gobiernos de la Nación y la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

En el Espacio funcionan un conjunto de instituciones que tienen como objetivos básicos preservar la memoria, promover y defender los derechos humanos y testimoniar los delitos de lesa humanidad cometidos durante el terrorismo de Estado.
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