Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 20, 2021 / 20:01 pm
The Catholic Lawyers Corporation of Argentina filed a writ of amparo on Tuesday contending that recent health regulations decreed during the Covid-19 pandemic "flagrantly violate" the free exercise of worship and religion.
An increase of coronavirus cases in April, especially in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area, which accounts for 40% of the country's population, led health authorities to announce more restrictive measures through a Decree of Urgent Need April 30.
Through May 21, in areas with epidemiological and health safety alerts such as Buenos Aires Province, business hours and the hours when people may freely move about were restricted by the decree; sports, social, recreational, and religious activities in enclosed spaces were suspended, as were social gatherings of more than 10 people in public outdoor spaces.
The Catholic Lawyers Corporation filed their May 18 writ of amparo because, they maintain, the DNU "flagrantly violates the freedom of worship and religious freedom guaranteed in the National Constitution and in human rights treaties.”