Nora Cortiñas’ visit to London this week sparked a brief diplomatic intervention, with Argentina’s Ambassador in London Carlos Sersale di Cerisiano writing a letter to defend the Mauricio Macri administration and head off criticism from the human rights activist.
Sersale di Cerisano wrote to the moderator of a panel in which the Mother of the Plaza de Mayo-Founding Line member was due to speak, highlighting the government’s position over the Santiago Maldonado case and praising the Macri administration’s economic policies.
“The preliminary autopsy carried out – which included forensic experts on behalf of the claimant – enabled the judicial authorities to confirm he had not suffered any physical injuries.
Further analysis over the coming weeks will shed some more light on the causes and circumstances of his death,” reads the letter. “The sensible way to proceed would be to wait for the definitive conclusions from the investigation.”
Di Cerisiano also addressed the title of Cortiñas talk – “Human rights, disappearances, debt and free trade” – declaring that “contrary to what that description implies” the country is seeking to “strengthen its institutions and stabilise its economy.”