LRWC received a report from the Observatory in Geneva that the High Court of Neuquen province has asked the local Bar Association to issue sanctions against Mariano Mansilla, which could prevent him from practicing law. Mr. Mansillo, a founding member of Comité de Acción Jurídica de Argentina (CAJ-Argentine Committee for Legal Action), had, prior to the court’s action, denounced Argentina’s policy of discrimination against Mapuches (for whom Mr. Mansillo acts) as a violation of both the Argentine Constitution and the Covenant on Social and Economic Rights. Mr. Mansillo is reported to have voiced these criticisms in Geneva and to an Argentine newspaper.
MARIANO MANSILLA – Lawyer
June 20, 2001