“It was a sombre and moving visit for some of the players today to ESMA, a human rights museum here in Buenos Aires set up to remember the 30,000 people detained, tortured and killed in Argentina during the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983. The unbelievable anguish from that period is still being felt today.”

ALL BLACKSNew Zealand national rugby union team, July 2019

“That strength of the Argentine society, which replicated throughout the continent, humankind will not accept the violation of people’s rights”

ESMERALDA AROSEMENA DE TROITIÑOPresident of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, September 2019

“There can’t be any future for a society if they are not aware of their past. Even if it’s too painful, people should learn about those who were responsible and their victims, and there must be a process of memory and justice. Argentina is doing it. And that allows them to have a future.”

AUDREY AZOULAYDirector-General of Unesco, July 2017

“I take back with me a feeling of justice. Because this story was heard, the suffering was acknowledged. You can’t move on and preach the Never Again if there was no justice before”.

FATOU BENSOUDAGeneral Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, April 2018

“We encourage the candidacy to the World Heritage List, we support it and would like to see it succeed. We are here to work for that and boost the human rights agenda of Memory, Truth, and Justice.”

JUAN MIGUEL BIBOLINIExecutive Secretary of the Mercosur Institute of Public Policies on Human Rights, October 2019

“I feel very honored to visit ESMA again, as it has been transformed into such a powerful site of memory”.

SARA BLOOMFIELDDirector of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum , November 2018

“I can’t see the faces of those murdered young brothers so filled with joy, energy and promises, without my heart breaking. I recognize them, even if I never met them. They were my students, I saw them everyday in my classes in the Seventies.”

J.M COETZEESouth African writer, September 2015

“We took over this places and transformed them into memory. Not a memory of terror, revenge or hate, but of what should never happen again.”

ESTELA DE CARLOTTOPresident of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, May 2019

“The candidacy is an opportunity to add an international dimension to the Spaces of Memory, young institutions of Argentine democracy that were born out of the fight for Memory, Truth and Justice. It is very important that the provinces are able to support it.”

AGUSTÍN DI TOFFINOExecutive Secretary of the Federal Council on Human Rights, July 2019

“The ESMA Museum and Site of Memory is a strong testimony of repression, cruelty, hatred and crime, but also of resistance. This historical memory that is Argentina, but also our America, we need to share it, teach it, make it visible to prevent such barbaric events to ever happen again.”

MIGUEL DÍAZ-CANELPresident of Cuba, December 2019

“I want to congratulate you for your work creating the script, a theme about recovering and keeping memory alive, which I think is the main tool to prevent this from happening again, to keep the Never Again true.”

MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA GARCÉSPresident of the United Nations’ General Assembly, March 2019

“I am very moved, and I feel guilty for not knowing what happened in Argentina, for not having any clue that this was happening.”

NATHALIE GAILLARDETDeputy Mayor of Avignon, France, January 2020

“Visiting this place, where I know some of the people I knew were detained and tortured, is very overwhelming. It is an extraordinary experience to walk through the same place, and also a unique experience that is highly valuable for Human Rights policies to keep judging the people who were responsible.”

NÉSTOR GARCÍA CANCLINIArgentine philosopher and anthropologist, September 2017

“We’ve come here to understand what happened in this place and to offer our help in whatever is possible, hoping the candidacy will be successful when submitted to UNESCO. We are very impressed by what we have seen here and the quality of the work that is being done”.

JORDI GARCÍA MARTÍNEZChief of the Political section of the European Union’s Member States, octubre 2019

“Social consensus as a means to obtain Justice –the value this candidacy is based on and in this case is the result of a years-long fight by the Argentine people, the Human Rights movement, and the State’s political will to work in the process of Memory, Truth and Justice– is an Ibero-American and global heritage. We hope that the candidacy of the ESMA Museum and Site of Memory boosts international awareness of recent history and contributes to the strengthening of Sites and Spaces of Memory and their support and cooperation.”

REBECA GRYNSPANIbero-American General Secretary, August 2020

“The fight for Memory, Truth and Justice is a regional issue, but in Argentina the strength of community and popular organization is remarkable and this project is a good synthesis of that. We ratify this commission’s support and commitment to the candidacy.”

GASTÓN HARISPEPresident of the Citizenship and Human Rights Commission of Parlasur, July 2019

“Coming to these places can explain something to younger generations. Not just to teach them how Justice is necessary, but also because they should learn something about evil. This place should also serve as a warning.”

AGNES HELLERHungarian philosopher, November 2017

“UNESCO has always been a reference in the defense of democracies, so, to be included in its World Heritage List is essential to explain how we pay homage to those who gave their lives in Argentina”.

IGNACIO HERNAIZRegional Coordinator of the Ibero-American Institute of Human Rights Education (IDEDH), December 2020

“There was a close collaboration between repressive forces in Uruguay and Argentina that also took place at ESMA. If the Museum and Site of Memory joins the UNESCO List, that would be the triumph of a memory that is both theirs and ours. It would be a reparation for the entire continent.”

VIRGINIA MARTÍNEZCoordinator of the Site of Memory Former SID in Montevideo, December 2020

“We came to understand what happens in this place and to offer our help in any way we can, hoping the nomination succeeds when submitted before Unesco. We were very impressed by what we saw and the quality of the work that is being done here”

JORDI GARCÍA MARTÍNEZChief of the political section of the European Union Member States

“I’m making a film that features a scene at ESMA, a character who disappears in the death flights, so I wanted to know what was it like here. There is lot of information at the Museum, so I shall return soon.”

FERNANDO MEIRELLESBrazilian filmmaker, June 2017

“In this place you can feel the weight of history, but I was also able to see how Argentina has been able to convey such a difficult past.”

NILS MELZERUnited Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, April 2018

“Such a strong feeling, never forget.”

NANNI MORETTIItalian actor and director, April 2017

“It is vital that we can convey the horrors of State terrorism because in the countries that were part of the Condor Plan, those horrors were transformed into an official story that minimizes and hides them. For the former ESMA, to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List would mean a chance to reconstruct the history of that society and bear witness to what really happened for the generations to come.”

MARIANA MOTAChairman of the Board of the National Institution of Human Rights and Ombudsman Office of Uruguay, December 2020

“We have a high respect for the Argentine people, who keep fighting to find the truth and let justice be made. This tour leaves us with a lot to think about. We confirm that we have a great responsibility in protecting our people”.

KIM MYEONG-SUChief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea, June 2018

“I believe the ESMA Museum and Site of Memory already carries a very powerful message due to the history that took place there, and that provides it with authenticity. It is a project that UNESCO should consider because it is based on consensus and that has a lot of potential.”

VUSITHEMBA NDIMASouth African Minister of Art and Culture, November 2019

“The ESMA Museum and Site of Memory carries an essential historical importance for Latin America. Its history is necessary to consolidate democracies and the fight for freedom. It should become a world reference.”

GILVAN PAIVASecretary of Culture of Fortaleza, Brazil, December 2020

“The duty of memory is important. In France we have failed in this sense, because young people either don’t know or quickly forget what happened. It’s an outstanding balance for all of us. That is why this place is so important to Argentina and its overall history: because it’s a place that keeps the memory of what happened.”

JEAN CLAUDE RIMBAULTMayor of Sury-ès-Bois, France, January 2020

“This is somewhat personal for me. I was born in Argentina, in Tucumán, I am a Congressman and state minister in Canada. In the 1970s my father ran for governor and was a lawyer for political prisoners; he was tortured, they placed a bomb in my home, and we had to leave the country. I learned about all these things over time as my father and mother shared them with me, and now this puts all that history in an actual context. It’s important that places like this exist, so we won’t ever forget. There is a duty of memory”.

PABLO RODRÍGUEZMinister of Government at the Canadian Parliament, March 2020

“The permanent exhibition of the ESMA Museum and Site of Memory expresses the Argentine people’s suffering, loss, and pain as the result of the dictatorship. The exhibit has excellent quality and information, and a well-based narration provided by the tour guides.”

PASCALL TARUVINGAHead of Heritage, Robben Island Museum, South Africa, September 2019

“Regarding the extraordinary role of the ESMA Museum and Site of Memory – Former Clandestine Center of Detention, Torture and Extermination in remembering the violence committed by the Argentine civic-military dictatorship, but also in conveying to the future generations the restless fight of the survivors, relatives, organizatins and different local and foreign actors, I share my support to its induction into the UNESCO World Heritage List.”

ANTONIA URREJOLARapporteur on Memory, Truth and Justice of the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights, August 2020.