Agrotoxics: Complaint against the Argentine State for violation of the rights of children

Agrotoxics: Complaint against the Argentine State for violation of the rights of children

Ávila told us about the presentation they made before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to declare the international responsibility of the Argentine State as this productive system is violating the rights of children to a healthy environment.

"From the profession we accompany a series of both administrative and judicial initiatives, and in this case we are going to present a judicial proposal that we have just formalized."

“We have been working on issues related to the effects that this toxic production model is causing on health and the environment,” he explains.

It is a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights “to declare the international responsibility of the Argentine State for the violation of the convention on the rights of the child, since one of the precepts is that the Argentine State has the obligation to adopt measures to preserve the right to health, the environment and life until the age of 18 ”.

However, he pointed out that they have "extensive documentation, scientific and epidemiological works, which allow us to prove how this production model is affecting the health of our children today."

"There is an official report from the National Ombudsman for 2010 that talks about environmental risk and childhood and there, based on estimates made by the Ombudsman himself, it says that by 2001 there were approximately 3,500,000 children. exposed to serious health problems by exposure to pesticides ”.

"We ask that the Argentine State be compelled to take urgent and effective measures so that the rights of children are restored once and for all."


On the other hand, he made reference to the chain of responsibilities of officials and recalled the guarantees given by the Constitution after the 1994 reform to a healthy environment. Guarantees that establish a clear mandate for all authorities, but are not respected.

"We believe that there is responsibility of the National State, mainly Senasa, which is the organization in charge of authorizing this type of products, there are deficiencies in the methodology to test these agrochemicals, there is responsibility of Ministries, at the provincial level, such as Agriculture, that they are the control organizations of the fumigation activity and they are not complying, there is a responsibility of the Ministry of Health, which has a fundamental obligation to preserve this right and also in the municipal order ”.

“In other words, there is a chain of responsibility in the State itself. But there is also responsibility in companies, which, through misleading advertising, try to convince that these products are safe and do not offer dangers. That is why the chain is very wide ”.

He also spoke of criminal responsibilities since "it cannot be said that there is ignorance on this issue." WHO itself has already reclassified glyphosate, which is the most widely used herbicide in Argentina, as a probable carcinogen "and that is already public and official information."

"For this reason, with that only data, all public agencies of the State should have adopted a decision on this point as Colombia has done, which has prohibited it to fumigate."

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