Germany criticized Argentina at the UN for the government's pressure on Justice
Through a message delivered by diplomat Ann-Jasmin Krabatsch at a session of the Human Rights Council, Berlin urged the South American country to strengthen “the judicial independence”
Alberto Fernández will receive German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Buenos Aires (Tobias SCHWARZ/AFP )
The Argentine government adds new criticism for the pressures on the judicial system. Within the framework of a session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, Germany criticized the Executive headed by Alberto Fernández and Cristina Kirchner for “pressure and intimidation” of Argentine judges.
“Germany expresses its concern about attempts to exert political influence on the justice system. In this regard, Germany recommends that judicial independence be strengthened and that judges and investigators be protected from pressure and intimidation. It also recommends working actively with the opposition to fill vacant positions in the Attorney General, the Supreme Court and the Ombudsman's Office,” said German diplomat Ann-Jasmin Krabatsch.
This harsh message comes days before German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is scheduled to visit Argentina to meet with President Fernández.
After the presentation made this Monday by the Argentine government before the United Nations Organization on the situation of human rights in the country, in which it questioned judges and prosecutors, the member states of this institution agreed on a series of recommendations, among which requested the Argentina to “ensure the full independence of the Judiciary”.
The declarations of the Secretary of Human Rights of the Nation, Horacio Pietragalla, occurred in the midst of the initiative of the ruling party to promote the impeachment trial against the members of the Supreme Court of Justice, which it also seeks to modify to expand its number of members.
The UN headquarters in Geneva, where the Human Rights Council (AFP) meets
For the official, “the political persecution in judicial headquarters is fully in force, as members of the Judiciary and the The Public Prosecutor's Office continues to carry out fraudulent criminal proceedings against the main political figures of the current ruling party, formerly in opposition to the government of the previous administration.”
The words of the German delegation come days after the United States questioned the attack by the Argentine government against the Supreme Court.
“We are following the institutional situation between the Argentine government and the Supreme Court of Justice. We believe it is necessary for all the institutional protagonists of Argentina to respect democracy and the separation of powers”, a Infobae told important US official linked to the Under Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
The State Department, headed by Antony Blinken, receives periodic information on what is happening in Latin America and other parts of the world, for which reason on January 1st it was notified of the decision that Alberto Fernández had made.
That day, just before boarding the plane that took him to Brazil for the inauguration of Lula da Silva, the President officially announced that together with a group of governors would request the impeachment of the head of the Supreme Court, Horacio Rosatti, “so that his conduct in the performance of his duties be investigated” in the context of the conflict with the City over funds of participation.
“We will also require that the conduct of the remaining members of the highest court be investigated,” he added in a text that he signed and shared at the social networks the head of state, which thus began a dispute between powers.