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Argentina: New Restrictions on Early Release and Other Former Dispensations Accorded Violent Criminals

(Aug. 9, 2017) On July 28, 2017, Law 27375 was promulgated to amend Law 24660 on the Execution of Criminal Sentences, prohibiting the early or conditional release or periodic exit from prison of criminals convicted of violent crimes, whether committed individually or with an organized group, such as aggravated homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping resulting in […]

Argentina: Prohibition of Pesticide Use on Crops During Loading and Transportation

(Sept. 15, 2016) Argentina has banned the application of pesticides to crops while they are being loaded or transported.  Law 27262, adopted by Argentina’s parliament in July 2016, forbids the application of and/or treatment with any type of fumigant pesticide in connection with crops, their products and sub-products, cereals, and oil seeds during loading of such […]

Argentina: Universal Health Coverage Plan

(Sept. 2, 2016) On August 2, 2016, Argentina’s Ministry of Health issued Decree No. 908, which creates a Plan for Universal Health Care (PUHC) aimed at improving the quality of primary health care services, developing and modernizing the Integrated Networks of Health Care Services by providing advanced equipment to the public health care system, and promoting and protecting preventive […]

Argentina: Expansion of Plea Bargain in Corruption Cases

(Aug. 15, 2016) On June 23, 2016, the Cámara de Diputados (Argentina’s Lower House of Congress) approved the draft Ley del Arrepentido (Law of the Repentant) that would expand plea bargaining in corruption cases, allowing prosecutors to offer criminal suspects the opportunity to bargain for a shorter sentence in exchange for an admission of wrongdoing and […]

Argentina: Law Forbidding Pardons of Crimes Against Humanity

(Aug. 7, 2015) On July 1, 2015, Argentina’s Senate passed legislation that forbids pardons, amnesties, and the commutations of sentences for crimes against humanity. It became law with all the Senate political parties voting in favor of it. (Sancionaron Ley que Prohibe Indultos, Amnistias y Conmutación de Penas para Delitos de Lesa Humanidad [Law Prohibiting […]

Argentina: Reform of Code of Criminal Procedure

(Dec. 16, 2014) On December, 4, 2014, a proposal to reform the Code of Criminal Procedure, submitted to the legislature by the Executive branch of Argentina, was passed by the Congress. It passed mainly on the basis of the votes of the President’s party; the opposition voted almost unanimously against it. (Es Ley el Nuevo […]

Argentina: Proposal to Reform the Criminal Code

(Apr. 25, 2014) In March 2014, the Government of Argentina concluded a draft reform of the Penal Code (PC). (Cómo es el Proyecto Encargado por el Poder Ejecutivo para Reformar el Código Penal, INFOBAE (Mar. 3, 2014).) Proposed amendments to the PC include the reduction of prison sentences for a number of crimes such as […]

Argentina: New Law on Transgender Rights Approved

(May 16, 2012) On May 9, 2012, the Congress of Argentina passed a law that recognizes the right to gender identity based on an individual's own feelings. The free development of the individual's identity may include the alteration of the person's appearance or of his or her body functions through pharmacological or surgical means. (Ya […]

Argentina: Criminal Code Amendment to Include Femicide

(May 3, 2012) On April 18, 2012, Argentina's Cámara de Diputados (the lower house of the country's Congress) approved, by unanimous vote, a bill that amends the Criminal Code (Código Penal de la Nación Argentina, Law No. 11.179 of 1984, art. 80, INFOLEG) to include femicide as an aggravated type of homicide. The proposed amendment […]

Argentina: Supreme Court Decision on Abortion

(Mar. 16, 2012) On March 13, 2012, the Supreme Court of Argentina rendered a decision in the case of an abortion performed on a 15-year-old adolescent, who became pregnant after being abused by her stepfather. (Fallo 259, CSJN [Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación] (Mar. 13, 2012), FSAL [the petitioner] s. /Medida Autosatisfactiva). In […]