Myriam Bregman

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Myriam Bregman
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National Deputy
Assumed office
10 December 2021
ConstituencyCity of Buenos Aires
In office
10 December 2015 – 6 December 2016
ConstituencyBuenos Aires
Legislator of the City of Buenos Aires
In office
10 December 2017 – 10 December 2021
Personal details
Born (1972-02-25) 25 February 1972 (age 50)
Timote, Argentina
Political partySocialist Workers' Party
Other political
affiliations
Workers' Left Front (since 2011)
Alma materUniversity of Buenos Aires
ProfessionLawyer, politician

Myriam Bregman (born 25 February 1972) is an Argentine lawyer, activist and politician. While studying a degree in law at the University of Buenos Aires in the 90s, Bregman joined the Socialist Workers' Party (PTS), a Trotskyist Argentine party of which she is among the most prominent members.[1]

She was one of the lawyers who took the case of Jorge Julio López, an eyewitness of the Dictatorship who disappeared in 2006 after testifying against Miguel Osvaldo Etchecolatz, who was sentenced to life imprisonment and charged with genocide accusations for the crimes he committed during the Dictatorship.

In 1997 she founded the Professionist Center for Human Rights (CeProDH), which defends and assesses laid off and unemployed workers and intervenes against repression and impunity, and the Justicia Ya! (Justice Now) Collective, who are appellants in cases of crimes against humanity during the dictatorship's regime of state terrorism.[2]

She first ran for a seat in Congress in 2009 and for Chief of government of the City of Buenos Aires in 2011 and 2015 by the Workers' Left Front (comprising, among others, the PTS).[1] In 2015 she became a national deputy for Buenos Aires Province, holding the seat by rotation for the Workers' Left Front (FIT) until 2016[3] and being widely supported by several sectors.[4] Since December 2017, she is a deputy in the legislature for the City of Buenos Aires, where she's president of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission. She also ran as vice-presidential candidate for the Front in the 2015 Argentine general election, coming fourth. In 2021 she was again elected to the national Chamber of Deputies, this time for the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.[5]

Cases on working people's rights[edit]

Myriam Bregman has participated in defending and assessing employed and unemployed workers in Buenos Aires City and in the provinces of Buenos Aires and Neuquén.

Since 1998, she is a lawyer of the Zanon tile factory in Neuquén, being among those who acted in the historical case where the Zanón tile company was found guilty of issuing an "offensive lock out".[6]

She also stood out in the defense of Catalina Balaguer, a female PepsiCo worker and activist who was fired unjustly and was later reincorporated although she was not formally a union delegate ("de facto delegate").[7] Bregman also represented PepsiCo workers against the illegal closure of the Vicente López factory on June 20, 2017, and denounced attourney Gastón Larramendi, who ordered the factory's eviction a week earlier.

Cases against state repression and persecution[edit]

Bregman has participated in several court cases defending activists and workers from police repression and political and trade union persecution. She is also part of Carla Lacorte's team of lawyers. Lacorte, victim of repression herself, is also a member of the CeProDH along with Bregman.[8] Bregman also participates in the case investigation of Federal Police agent Américo Balbuena, who infiltrated social organizations to spy on them.[9]

Cases on crimes against humanity[edit]

Bregman participated among the appellants of the first trial made since the re-opening of the cases of crimes against humanity perpetrated by criminals of the Argentinian Dictatorship, that of former Buenos Aires police chief Miguel Osvaldo Etchecolatz, where Justicia Ya! La Plata in 2006 accused him of committing genocide. In the final stages of the trial, one of the eyewitnesses, Jorge Julio López, disappeared; afterwards, a case on his disappearance was opened and remains so. Bregman was also an appealing lawyer during the trial against Jorge “Tigre” Acosta, on the ESMA case.[10]

She intervened on the oral trials against crimes committed in the Higher School of Mechanics of the Navy (ESMA mega-case) against prefect Héctor Febrés (2007), and in the second trial against 18 genocide criminals, representing, among others, the case of Rodolfo Walsh, Raimundo Villaflor and organisations such as the Former Disappeared Detainees Association (2009-2011).

Myriam Bregman was also an appealing lawyer during the oral trial against Cristian Federico Von Wernich in La Plata (2007), accusing him of crimes against humanity committed in Campo de Mayo, the “Floreal Avellaneda” case in San Martín, Province of Buenos Aires (2009), "Seré Mansion" case (against Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata repressors in 2008), among others.

In 2008 she was awarded by the Human Rights Commission of the Lawyers School of Buenos Aires.[2] In 2016 Carlos Blaquier and Ledesma executives sent her an intimidatory letter as she prepared to travel to Jujuy to receive complaints of grave human rights violations in the province of then-governor Gerardo Morales.[11][10] Bregman denounced that she received phone call threats in her office after her intervention in the Labour and Budget Commission where she questioned the first employment bill because she considered that it was a measure to legalise outsourcing.[12]

Bregman is also among the people who founded and manage the Professionist Center for Human Rights (CeProDH).[10]

Women's rights activist[edit]

On 31 May 2018, Myriam Bregman assisted to the 15th day of debate on legalizing Abortion in Argentina in the Argentine Congress to present her position in favour of legalizing abortion by declaring that "we are proud to see many young people with the green handkerchief as their banner". She also took the opportunity to criticise the Catholic Church and La Plata Archbishop Héctor Aguer, who "has as their transmission band local governors, who negotiate with women's rights".[13]

Personal life[edit]

Bregman is a Jewish atheist.

Electoral history[edit]

Executive[edit]

Electoral history of Myriam Bregman
Election Office List Votes Result Ref.
Total % P.
2011 Chief of Government of Buenos Aires Workers' Left Front 13,804 0.78% 10th Not elected [14]
2015 Vice President of Argentina Workers' Left Front 812,530 3.23% 4th Not elected [15]

Legislative[edit]

Electoral history of Myriam Bregman
Election Office List # District Votes Result Ref.
Total % P.
2013 National Deputy Workers' Left Front 2 Buenos Aires Province 449,450 5.01% 5th[a] Not elected[b] [16]
2017 City Legislator Workers' Left Front 1 City of Buenos Aires 132,161 6.28% 4th[a] Elected [17]
2021 National Deputy Workers' Left Front 1 City of Buenos Aires 142,581 7.74% 4th[a] Elected [18]
  1. ^ a b c Presented on an electoral list. The data shown represents the share of the vote the entire party/alliance received in that constituency.
  2. ^ Assumed office on 10 June 2015 following the resignation of Néstor Pitrola.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rodríguez Petersen, Javier. "Myriam Bregman íntima: "Nos escapábamos de la escuela por la ventana"". Clarín. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Myriam Bregman". Terra. 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Myriam Bregman asumió su banca en el Congreso Nacional". La Izquierda Diario. 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Gran reconocimiento a Myriam Bregman y rotación en la banca del Frente de Izquierda". La Izquierda Diario. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  5. ^ Del Plá, Romina (14 November 2021). "Romina Del Plá: "La gran elección de la izquierda, un punto de apoyo para enfrentar el pacto con el FMI"". Workers' Party (Argentina) (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  6. ^ La ingeniería jurídica detrás de Zanón.
  7. ^ "Caso Balaguer". Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  8. ^ "El policía que baleó a Carla Lacorte". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Agente Américo Balbuena". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  10. ^ a b c "Blaquier y Ledesma amenazan a Myriam Bregman". Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Página/12 :: El país :: Amenazas a Bregman". Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Amenazaron a Myriam Bregman: "Zurdita, te vamos a hacer mierda "". La Nación. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  13. ^ Boletín Año XVIII, Nº 1109 (31 May 2018). "ABORTO: 15º PLENARIO DE COMISIONES – 31 DE MAYO - TURNO TARDE" (in Spanish). NOTIVIDA. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Elecciones 2011". tsjbaires.gov.ar (in Spanish). Tribunal Superior de Justicia de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. Retrieved 4 February 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "Elecciones 2015". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  16. ^ "Elecciones 2013". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. Retrieved 4 February 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "Elecciones 2017" (PDF). tsjbaires.gov.ar (in Spanish). Tribunal Superior de Justicia de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. Retrieved 4 February 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ "Elecciones 2021". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. Retrieved 4 February 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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