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A timeline of human rights developments during the Macri administration

December 15, 2015: Five days after being sworn-in as president, Mauricio Macri signs a decree to appoint Horacio Rosatti and Carlos Rosenkrantz as justices of the Supreme Court. Outcry forces the government to backtrack and follow the standard confirmation process through the Senate.

January 25, 2016: The then-Buenos Aires City culture minister Darío Lopérfido says that “there weren’t 30,000 disappeared, that was a number that was settled behind closed doors to receive payouts.”

April 25, 2016: Justice Minister Germán Garavano meets with Cecilia Pando, an activist and apologist for state terrorism.

July 9, 2016: Carapintada Aldo Rico and ex-lieutenant colonel Emilio Nani — who has repeatedly justified the genocide that took place under the dictatorship — participate, with others, in a parade to commemorate the Bicentennial Independence Day. In Tucumán, defendants indicted for crimes against humanity participate in official ceremonies.

August 10, 2016: In an interview, Macri said that he “didn’t know if there were 30,000 or 9,000 (who died), that’s a debate I’m not going to get into.” He also refers to a “dirty war.”

August 19, 2016: A court grants house arrest to Miguel Etchecolatz, the deputy chief of the Buenos Aires provincial police during the dictatorship, although he remains in prison on other charges.

December 16, 2016: Federal Judge Julián Ercolini clears Héctor Magnetto, Bartolomé Mitre and Ernestina Herrera de Noble, among others, in the case linked to the 1976 purchase of the Papel Prensa newsprint company.

January 23, 2017: With a decree, the government amends the schedule for national holidays — declaring March 24, the anniversary of the coup, as moveable.

January 30, 2017: The head of the Customs Office, Juan José Gómez Centurión, rejects the existence of a systematic plan to disappear people during the last military dictatorship.

February 14, 2017: The time limit expires for the government to appeal a ruling by Judge Enrique Lavié Pico that approved a filing by Supreme Court Justice Elena Highton de Nolasco allowing her to remain on the country’s top tribunal after turning 75 years old.

March 24, 2017: President Macri does not attend any official ceremonies commemorating the anniversary of the coup. The Let’s Change (Cambiemos) caucus in the Lower House of Congress publishes two pictures with the slogans “never again to the business of human rights” and “never again to the interruption of the democratic order.”

May 2, 2017: The Argentine Synod makes an appeal for reconciliation so “that the wounds of the past can heal from the inside.”

May 3, 2017: In a split decision and majority vote led by Justices Elena Highton de Nolasco, Horacio Rosatti and Carlos Rosenkrantz, the Supreme Court agrees to apply the ‘2x1’ calculation to repressor Luis Muiña’s sentences. On the same day, Human Rights Secretary Claudio Avruj says that he “agrees” with the ruling if “it is lawful.” Cecilia Pando adds that “now things are starting to work.”

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