December 21, 2014
'Torture by provincial police’ concerns US State Department
The annual US State Department Report on Human rights has drawn attention to cases of “torture by provincial police, harsh prison conditions and gender violence”, as cause for concern in Argentina.
Other conditions described were “excessive force by police” characterized by “occasional arbitrary arrest and detention.”
In addition, the office run by Secretary of State John Kerry informed over “prolonged pretrial detention; actions that risked impairing freedom of the press; continued concerns about judicial inefficiency,” and “official corruption.”
The report discards political prisoners or detainees and disappearances. “There were no reports of politically motivated disappearances.”
However under the title “Corruption and Lack of Transparency in Government”, the document emphasises the case of former transportation secretary Ricardo Jaime “for concealing documents connected with a judicial investigation for illicit enrichment”, under the presidencies of Nestor and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Current Vice President Amado Boudou, meanwhile, was mentioned “as under investigation for illicit enrichment and for using his former position as minister of economy to benefit the Old Fund Company, a firm in which he had a financial interest,” the report said.