Within the framework of the International Human Rights Day on December 9, 2021, the ESMA Museum and Site of Memory’s temporary exhibition “Argentine Memory for the World. The Heritage of ‘Never Again’” was inaugurated at the San Martín Palace of the Argentine Foreign Ministry. The exhibition reviews the events that occurred during the civil-military dictatorship in Argentina between 1976 and 1983 and seeks to describe the resistance and the judicial process achieved in democracy thanks to the struggle of human rights organizations in the country.

The event included words from Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero and Secretary for Human Rights Horacio Pietragalla Corti, who highlighted the international nature of the exhibition, which will open in various cities around the world throughout 2022, as part of the promotion of the ESMA Museum and Site of Memory’s candidacy for the UNESCO World Heritage list. The executive director of the Museum, Alejandra Naftal, was also present at the event.

Cafiero stated that “the fight for human rights is permanent, we fight it every day, with our history, with our present, and we want to fight it for the future.” The foreign minister also stressed that “the exhibition serves to show how the Argentines’ identity is linked to human rights” and assured that “all foreign policy tools are made available to advance the Museum’s candidacy, which will soon be a reality.”

For his part, Pietragalla Corti pointed out that “the Human Rights policy in Argentina is a policy we must export, so we can tell the world what it cost us, but also how we were able to reach comprehensive reparations for all the victims of State terrorism”. In this line, the Secretary of Human Rights of the Nation assured that “the candidacy of the Museum is a priority in terms of foreign policy of human rights”.

The attendees list included the President of the United Nations Human Rights Council Federico Villegas Beltrán and other members of the diplomatic corps, along with officials from other ministries, such as Andrea García, Secretary for Educational Cooperation and Priority Actions of the Ministry of Education. Also, Estela de Carlotto, president of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo; Lita Boitano and Graciela Lois, from Relatives of the Disappeared and Detained for Political Reasons, Manuel Gonçalves Granada, from the National Commission for the Right to Identity; Silvana Turner of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team; Paula Litvachky and Camila Maia of the Center for Legal and Social Studies; Tete Piñeiro and Micaela Bracco from the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights; Paola García Rey of Amnesty International; Isabel and Mercedes, daughters of Emilio Mignone; Sebastián Rosenfeld, recovered grandson born at ESMA; Lorena Battistiol, National Director of Sites and Spaces of Memory and Andrea Pochak, Undersecretary of Protection and International Liaison on Human Rights of the Human Rights Secretariat, among others.

The event also included the Emilio Mignone 2020-2021 International Human Rights Prize, which is awarded every year by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in recognition of the work of foreign institutions and/or individuals residing abroad in the promotion and protection of human right.