Argentina is working on a bill that would make it illegal to oppose Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands.
ARGENTINA is considering enacting a contentious new law that would make it illegal for people to deny Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands.
And, according to one informed source, once the legislation is adopted, it may be used to prosecute any Falkland Islander who visits the South American country for whatever purpose. President Alberto Fernandez’s Frente de Todos (FdT) party, which is campaigning for national elections next month, has proposed harsh penalties for anyone who opposes Argentina’s sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands.
Denying crimes against humanity or war crimes, as well as individuals found to be violating public health policies, such as publicly protesting to coronavirus limitations, would face fines.
Walter Correa, a member of Argentina’s National Congress, is the driving force behind the initiative, which has the support of colleagues Vanesa Siley, Hugo Yansky, Carlos Ortega, Pablo Carro, Mara Rosa Martnez, Claudia Ormachea, Carlos Cisneros, and Alicia Figueroa.
They have attempted to explain their actions by claiming that sanctions are required to deter individuals who “violate and offend the universal legal conscience and the Argentine social and democratic accord.”
“The adoption of this type of policy is based on the multiplication of demonstrators and undoubted denialism-character ideas based on historical facts,” they say.
The law would apply to anyone who “publicly denies, underestimates, or in any way disrespects Argentina’s sovereignty over the Malvinas, South Georgia, and the South Sandwich Islands, as well as the corresponding maritime and insular spaces, as recognized in the First Transitory Provision of the National Constitution” in relation to the Falklands.
”It is vital to strengthen a penal system against this sort of denialism, as well as to recognize a sanctioning system from a civil standpoint that allows victims to seek the stop of those actions and recompense for the losses caused,” the deputies continue.
The insider, who has traveled to both Argentina and the Falklands on several times, said such legislation would have major consequences.
“If such a law were ever passed, it would have an impact on activities like international conferences hosted in Argentina,” they explained.
Brinkwire Summary News: “Diplomats with immunity from prosecution could deny.”