Myriam Bregman

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Myriam Bregman
Myriam Bregman.jpg
Deputy
in the City of Buenos Aires
Assumed office
December 10, 2017
National Deputy
for the Province of Buenos Aires
In office
December 10, 2015 – December 6, 2016
Preceded byNéstor Pitrola
Succeeded byJuan Carlos Giordano
Personal details
Born (1972-02-25) February 25, 1972 (age 47)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Political partySocialist Workers' Party
Other political
affiliations
Workers' Left Front (since 2011)
Alma materUniversity of Buenos Aires
ProfessionLawyer, politician

Myriam Bregman (born in Timote on 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 main referents.[1]

She was one of the lawers 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 apellants in cases of crimes against humanity during the dictatorship's regime of state terrorism.[2]

She has been nominated for national deputy in 2009 and 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 of 2017, she is a deupty in the legislature for the City of Buenos Aires and is president of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Comission. She was also the vice-presidential candidate for the Front in the Argentine general election, 2015, coming fourth.

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".[5]

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").[6] 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 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.[7] Bregman also participates in the case investigation of Federal Police agent Américo Balbuena, who infiltrated social organizations to spy on them.[8]

Cases on crimes against humanity[edit]

Bregman participated among the appelants of the first trial made since the re-opening of the cases of crimes agaist humanity perpetrated by criminals of the Argentinian Dictatoship, that of former Buenos Aires police chief Miguel Osvaldo Etchecolatz, where Justicia Ya! La Plata in 2006 accused him of comitting 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.[9]

She intervened on the oral trials against crimes comitted 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 comitted 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 Comission 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.[10][9] Bregman denounced that she received phone call threats in her office after her intervention in the Labour and Budget Comission where she questioned the first employment bill because she considered that it was a measure to legalise outsourcing.[11]

Bregman is also among the people who founded and manage the Professionist Center for Human Rights (CeProDH).[9]

Women's rights activist[edit]

On May 31st, 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".[12]

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. ^ La ingeniería jurídica detrás de Zanón.
  6. ^ "Caso Balaguer". Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  7. ^ "El policía que baleó a Carla Lacorte".
  8. ^ "Agente Américo Balbuena".
  9. ^ a b c http://www.redeco.com.ar/nacional/ddhh/19554-blaquier-y-ledesma-amenazan-a-myriam-bregman. Retrieved 5 April 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/elpais/1-308898-2016-09-08.html. Retrieved 5 April 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1935682-amenazaron-a-myriam-bregman-zurdita-te-vamos-a-hacer-mierd. Retrieved 5 April 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ 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.