Between the obsession over “13 Reasons Why,” the Sunday rain and (for those who did minimally follow the news) the French presidential elections, there really wasn’t much of a chance for anything else to make it onto our screens, was there?
As usual, The Bubble is here with an update of what happened over the weekend so you don’t feel so lost. Or in case you want to talk about something other than Emmanuel Macron. Or Hannah.
- After the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling on Thursday which applied the procedural benefit known as “two for one” to a case of crimes against humanity, many public figures have spoken against it over the weekend. Members of the President Mauricio Macri’s administration in particular have been distancing the government from what is considered by many to be an affront to human rights: “We reject the ‘two for one’ [benefit], especially when applied to crimes against humanity. It is a symbol of impunity […]” said Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña. Human Rights Secretary Claudio Avruj told Radio Mitre on Sunday that “It would be a mistake to confuse the Court’s verdict with a government decision.” He also denied that the executive branch had anything to do with it: “The first thing that we pushed for [in this administration] was the independence of each branch.” Renewal Front leader Sergio Massa, meanwhile, has said that he will appeal the decision in the Interamerican Court of Human Rights in order to stop the use of the “two for one” and Estela de Carlotto, head of the Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo association, called for a protest on Wednesday against its implementation, saying that “To liberate [such] terrible assassins is to wrong the people.” Read more: Controversy Over Supreme Court Reducing Sentence In Crimes Against Humanity Case
- Mariela Muñoz, known as a pioneer in the fight for transsexual equality and the LGBTQ movement in Argentina, died on Friday (although it only made the news on Sunday). Muñoz, originally from Tucumán province, was 73 years old and first came into the public eye in 1993, when a judge ruled against her having custody over three adopted children. Thus, she was propelled into public debate by tackling what was then a very taboo subject: the right of transsexual people to raise children. She was the first person to have her name and gender changed on her DNI to suit her identity in 1997 with official recognition from the judicial system. Her fight would establish an important precedent and the LGBTQ community mourned her on social media.
- Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner cut a trip around Europe short, including a conference that she was supposed to be hosting at Oxford University in England. In a letter to the Oxford Union, she explained that “because of very serious facts that have recently taken place in Argentina which require my presence in my country.” She was referring to the “two for one” Supreme Court ruling, saying that it was “defined by two court judges that were appointed […] by the current administration.” It should be pointed out that it was in fact defined by three judges out of the five. Meanwhile, her son Máximo Kirchner said that she had not really “excluded herself” from future candidacies in statements she made last week. According to Máximo, she had “excluded herself from the vanity fair of [current] politics, not a candidacy in October.” Read more: CFK Hints She Won’t Compete in the Mid Terms: ‘I Exclude Myself’
— Cristina Kirchner (@CFKArgentina) May 6, 2017
- Family and friends of Argentine mountain climber Natalia Martínez have thanked her rescuers over the weekend after being stranded on Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain, for four days. Her sister, Graciela Martínez, confirmed on Saturday that she was in good health and “with her boyfriend Camilo.” Martínez was rescued early on Friday morning after two earthquakes on Monday caused avalanches that stopped her from continuing with her climb. Martínez withstood temperatures of under -20 degrees Celsius at 3,900 meters above sea level: that just put your “TGIF” relief into perspective, right?
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!