EVENTS

Events

Fundación Ciudadanos del Mundo organizes the series of conferences About immigration in Argentina:

"Migración, un Derecho Humano"

By Luciana Groio, Delfina Korn. Translated by Alejandro Traferro


Last Wednesday July 06 it took place at the Congress of the Nation annex the conference “Migration, a human right” which was explained by the anthropologist Alejandro Grimson and the lawyer Mauro Benente. Both lecturers talked about the migratory topic, concede as a Human Right, as there is described in the Migration law.


Doctor Grimson started the explanation by pointing migration, despite of being a pacific activity that men are used to do since long time ago, it’s not included on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Anthropologist wandered on many of the beliefs which are usually well-known related to the topic and explained why he thinks they are mistaken. On the other hand, he explained that migration must not be mistaken neither with poverty nor Diaspora, and that more time of residence does not necessary mean, for a community, the best integration.


As introduction to the topic about foreigner voting, it was shown the short film “Neither Voice nor Vote” produced by students of the Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica (ENERC). After that, Dr. Mauro Benente made his explanation about the topic, in which he traced the panorama of foreigner political Rights in Europe, Latin America and Argentina. He pointed that the Recognition of the right or foreigners to vote is commonly limited to local elections and is generally restricted to the right of electing, whilst the immigrant is not allowed the possibility of being elected. The lawyer pointed that there are three projects of law in progress which propose the incorporation of the foreigner voting into national elections, since local voting is already allowed in many municipalities and provinces.


About 30 people atended the meeting including officials of the Subsecretaría de Promoción de la Secretaría de Derechos Humanos de la Nación y de la Dirección de Colectividades del Gobierno de la Provincia de Buenos Aires. We were honored by the presence of representatives from the French Embassy and the communities of China and Dominican Republic.


About 30 people atended the meeting including officials of the Subsecretaría de Promoción de la Secretaría de Derechos Humanos de la Nación y de la Dirección de Colectividades del Gobierno de la Provincia de Buenos Aires. We were honored by the presence of representatives from the French Embassy and the communities of China and Dominican Republic.


Opening the season was:

“Regional migrants: from concealment to visibility. Discriminatory scenes and resistances”

 

By: Lic Maria Lucía Sampayo

On August 30, 2010 we held a conference with Dr. Gerardo Halpern as the guest speaker.  The discussion took place in the Roca Museum in the Recoleta neighborhood in Buenos Aires.  Other presenters included Dr. Isolete Pereira and Nelly Spitaleri.  Dr. Halpern began the event by talking about the concept of an object that is not considered to be part of the “beautiful Argentina” this “object” is often an immigrant.  He later continued to mention that during the 90s and during the twentieth century there was a great rise in the juxtaposition between the individual and the government.  For this reason there was a great increase in the relations between the media and politics.  An example of this was during the cholera epidemic in Bolivia.  In this case the government became a part of the media itself.  At the same time incidents similar to this one allow for the development of labor unions, as is the case with Unión Obrera de la Construcción de la República Argentina (UOCRA). 

Dr. Halpern then continued to explain why society has developed a mindset that blames immigrants for all or the majority of it’s structural issues and unemployment.  Furthermore, he explored the reasons as to why societies make stereotypes about all immigrants being involved in acts of violence.  He focused his talk on how societies can eliminate this discrimination and and include immigrants into the new society.  He proposes that in order for this to take place the government must be held responsible.  He mentions that programs like “Patria Grande” are not enough.  This program that aimed to develop more immigrant acceptance failed to do so because it did not enhance the integration of immigrants.  According to Halpern, this program is not successful because it did not make signs or propaganda in foreign languages for the immigrants to understand.  At the end of his presentation the audience was allowed to ask questions.  Several of the questions focused on Brazilian immigration in Argentina.  This topic is intersting because Brazilian immigrants have, for the most part, avoided the majority of negative stereotypes that have been previously mentioned.  However, this particular group of immigrants is still often eroticized  and sexualized. 

We hope to continue to have the opportunity to present such events that better inform the general population.