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Tag: amnesty law

  • Saturday, October 29th 2011 - 05:24 UTC

    Brazil will look into its harsh political past but the military are safe

    The Truth Commission becomes effective once signed by President Rousseff

    The Brazilian congress approved this week the creation of a Truth Committee that will look into human rights abuses from 1946 to 1988, which includes the military period from 1964 to 1985, but leaves untouched the controversial 1979 Amnesty Law that benefits military and police personnel.

  • Thursday, October 27th 2011 - 23:16 UTC

    Uruguay passes bill eliminating prescription of crimes against humanity

    President Mujica promised to promulgate the bill before November first when crimes would have prescribed

    The Uruguayan Congress passed early Thursday a law that eliminates the effects of the 1986 Amnesty Law (also known as Expiry Law), which protected police and military personnel from being prosecuted for human rights violations, and repeals a statute of limitations that would have prevented victims from filing criminal complaints as of 1 November.

  • Tuesday, July 5th 2011 - 05:57 UTC

    Uruguay re-opens human rights violations from the 1973/1985 military regime

    President Jose Mujica, a former guerrilla, spent 13 years in jail from 1972 to 1985

    Uruguay’s government announced June 27 that it will reopen more than 80 human rights violations allegedly committed during the 1973-85 military dictatorship. The decision follows a long legislative battle but nevertheless remains highly controversial since the latest opinion polls indicate a majority of Uruguayans, 55%, want an end to the discussion.