Feb 19, 2017


Buenos Aires Herald
February 17, 2017

Your viewThere’s one important aspect I’d like to point out regarding your excellent editorial “Wrongfooting rights” and article on page 8 referred to President Mauricio Macri’s nomination of Carlos Horacio de Casas to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (February 10). If his designation goes through, one thing is certain: the LGBT community can start kissing their rights goodbye! De Casas believes that law derives from God and not Man (forget women). He rejects abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage and unlimited press freedom. Not surprising: he’s a member of Opus Dei.

The founder of this conservative Catholic association, Monsignor Jose María Escrivá de Balaguer, instilled a very strict work ethic. We follow God’s mandate by working hard and efficiently (with the Bible as our guide) in our daily tasks.
I’d like to hear what Buenos Aires province Human Rights Secretary Santiago Cantón has to say about his designation. Cantón was Executive Secretary of the IACHR from August 1, 2001 to June 30, 2012. Does he consider de Casas a fellow-traveller? Moreover, could the Foreign Ministry’s Special Human Rights Ambassador Leandro Despouy work harmoniously alongside him?
By insisting on his nomination, we will have ample proof that President Macri is determined to turn back the hands of time concerning human rights.

Ildefonso Miguel Thomsen


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