Antisemitism tops Buenos Aires discrimination complaint list
Antisemitism was the main reason for discrimination complaints received by the Buenos Aires City Prosecutor’s Office last year.
Attacks against the Jewish community made up 24 percent of the 215 complaints in 2017, up from 22 percent of the 210 cases the previous year. The attacks violated city and national laws.
Discrimination based on sexuality was the second highest number of complaints with 20 percent, followed by discrimination based on physical and mental characteristics at 19 percent and “xenophobia” at 16 percent.
Nearly 13 percent of the complaints related to discrimination were based on social networks and instant messaging services.
In the past two years, the city prosecutor’s office has had a specialized team that seeks to provide a rapid and effective response in cases of discriminatory acts.
Only 2 percent of those accused of antisemitism discrimination were sentenced by a court, 8 percent of the cases are in court and 13 percent are being investigated. Some 70 percent were archived and closed, most of them for lack of evidence.