Argentina leader announces controversial armed forces reform

Argentina leader announces controversial armed forces reform

23/07/18 - 17:17 - Argentina's president said Monday that he is removing a ban on military involvement in fighting crime, terrorist threats and other internal security issues.

The Associated Press - Buenos Aires

Mauricio Macri said he will modify a 2006 decree that limited the armed forces to defense against attacks by another country.

Human rights groups immediately criticized the decision, saying it could authorize military espionage, lead to repression and increase violence.

Argentina's current defense doctrine was adopted with the country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship in mind.

Human rights groups estimate up to 30,000 people were kidnapped, tortured or killed during that period.

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