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Visit of Nora Cortiñas and Beverly Keene

The Argentina Solidarity Campaign is delighted to confirm the UK speaking tour of Nora Cortiñas and Beverly Keene, between 31st October and 2nd November 2017.

"Human rights, Disappearances, Debt and Free Trade: Struggles for Justice and Sovereignty in Argentina and Latin America."

Further dates may be added (watch this space). Please read the ticketing requirements carefully because they are different in each case:

1) Tuesday 31st October 2017, 1pm, London: Meeting for Trade Unions and NGOs. If you help to run a trade union, NGO or civil society organisation please contact us on Facebook or argentinasolidaritycampaign@gmail.com for details of this special event.

2) Wednesday 1st November 2017 5pm-7pm, Cambridge: Room S1, First Floor, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT. Hosted by the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge. Free entry, open to all. No reservation required.

3) Thursday 2nd November 2017 6-8pm, London: Senate Room, 1st Floor Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Hosted by the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Followed by wine reception. Free entry, open to all but space is limited you MUST pre-register here to reserve your place: https://hrc.sas.ac.uk/events/event/14787.

Nora Cortiñas is co-founder of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, the inspirational women’s movement that resisted the brutal military dictatorship (1976-1983) having lost sons and daughters to its violent repression. Her son was disappeared by the military junta in Argentina on 15 April 1977, and she has since dedicated her life to campaigning for human rights causes, most notably to bring the perpetrators of the kidnappings, torture and disappearances of 30,000 Argentinians to justice. Nora is widely revered among the global human rights community. Her faction of The Mothers, the “Linea Fundadora” has remained politically independent which has allowed her to maintain neutrality and she is highly respected across the political spectrum. She teaches at the Social Science Faculty of the University of Buenos Aires and holds three Honorary Doctorates.

Beverly Keene is the Director of Jubileo Sur-Dialogo 2000, an NGO that campaigns against illegitimate external debts in less powerful countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. She and Nora both campaign on illegitimate debt, trade, economic justice and improvements in human and labour rights both in Argentina and across Latin America.

Given the forced disappearance of Santiago Maldonado, kidnapped by the National Gendarmerie on 1st August of this year while supporting the Pu Lof Mapuche community in Patagonia, the timing for this visit could not be more important. Nora will incorporate her own experiences of campaigning for justice for “the disappeared” since 1977 and offer her reflections on the human and labour rights scenario in Argentina and Latin America today in light of the return of right-wing governments.

Discussions will also cover further human and labour rights issues, debt and trade in Latin America, and other global issues, especially with eyes on the fact that Argentina will host a WTO leaders’ summit in December 2017 and the G20 Summit next year. Unions, social movements, NGOs and grassroots organisations across the globe will be mobilising in response to these, so it is important to hear from experienced and internationally renowned campaigner voices from Argentina.

Please join us for one of these very timely meetings, an incredibly rare​​ opportunity to hear one of the Mothers speak in the UK.


We would like to thank the following organisations for helping to fund this visit:

UNITE International Department, War on Want, Centre of Latin American Studies - University of Cambridge, Columban Missionaries Britain, Jubilee Debt Campaign, UNITE Slough branch, UNITE Glasgow branch, GMB, Institute of Latin American Studies and the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study - University of London, Scotland Region RMT, UNITE Waltham Forest, Redbridge Trades Council, Calder Bookshop and the generosity of everyone who donated to our Crowdpac page.

Thanks to these many generous contributions, we have been able to book flights for both Nora and Beverly. While the visit is therefore confirmed, we appreciate any further donations to help pay for accommodation and other expenses during their stay.

Support Our Campaign

If you would like to support this event, we ask that people please donate what they are able. You can also get involved in the Campaign by attending our monthly assemblies and help to organise further activities. ​

The Argentina Solidarity Campaign is a UK-based collective formed in 2016 by Argentinians, British and people from other countries, which supports social movement, labour and human rights struggles in Argentina. We have already organised various events and protests, including in support of feminist struggles in Argentina, building international connections between British and Argentinian labour activists and protesting against the forced disappearance of Santiago Maldonado and the repression of Mapuche communities in Patagonia.

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​Contact:​​ argentinasolidaritycampaign@gmail.com.

15 Aug 2017

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