16.09.2013

The National DNA Data Bank made a first meeting open to the community

An open meeting was held with the community about aspects related to the genetic identification of victims who were forced to disappear and who were victims of suppression of identity during the latest military dictatorship.

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The National DNA Data Bank made a first meeting open to the community

The National DNA Data Bank made a first meeting open to the community

The National DNA Data Bank is an autonomous and autarchic entity under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, it made a series of open thematic events on aspects related to genetic identification of victims forced to disappear and who were victims of suppression of identity during the last military dictatorship occurred in Argentina. During the meeting participated the coordinators in charge of the transfer of the Bank, Doctors Hector Targovnik and Victor Penchaszadeh; members of the Argentine Team of Forensic Anthropology (EAAF); representatives of the organisation Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo  (Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo) and other human rights organisations. The event was held at a building located at Avenida Cordoba 831, second floor, where the Bank will be based.

“I think it is important to continue holding this type of meetings to be able to discuss in depth all the topics related to the work of the Bank and to make processes more transparent".

The purpose of such meetings is to allow the persons responsible for activities related to human identification the opportunity to tell about their contribution to remedy the violations of the right to an identity for crimes against humanity committed by the Military Undemocratic Government. In this opportunity they spoke about the scope and limitations of the DNA databases for the identification of persons. Within this frame, they presented several cases included in such databases to facilitate the identification of victims forced to disappear and who were victims of suppression of identity during the period of the last military dictatorship in Argentina: The case of the National DNA Data Bank and the EAAF. In this aspect, specialists explained how they work and the methods used to identify persons.  

By the end of the first meeting, Dr. Penchaszadeh expressed: “I think it is important to continue holding this type of meetings to be able to discuss in depth all the topics related to the work of the Bank and to make processes more transparent.”

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