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Malvinas war veterans will take their torture case to an international court

Thursday, March 5th 2015 - 06:41 UTC
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The move comes after the Argentine Supreme Court dismissed the case in a February 19 ruling The move comes after the Argentine Supreme Court dismissed the case in a February 19 ruling
CECIM centre of former soldiers from La Plata protest Supreme Court decition CECIM centre of former soldiers from La Plata protest Supreme Court decition

Malvinas war veterans who had claimed to be victims of abuse and torture by their superior officers during the Falklands conflict of 1982 will take the matter up with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the CECIM centre of former soldiers from La Plata announced.

 The move comes after the Argentine Supreme Court dismissed the case in a February 19 ruling and following statements by President Cristina Fernández, who during her State of the Nation address to Congress recommended war veterans to take the matter to the IACHR.

CECIM representative Ernesto Alonso revealed the war veterans’ legal writ would be filed “as soon as possible” even though they have a six-month time frame from the Supreme Court decision.

Besides from the president, the Malvinas veterans gained support from Defense Minister Agustín Rossi, Human Rights Secretary Martín Fresneda, the Legitimate Justice organization and the UNESCO Chair for the Promotion of Culture of peace and Human Rights.

Minister Rossi said he was ready to help the Malvinas war Veterans if they decided to take their case to the IACHR in Washington, as “was suggested last Sunday by president Cristina Fernandez during her speech before congress”.

“We're ready to help the former combatants”, said Rossi when consulted on the issue by Tierra del Fuego media. “The Supreme Court decided to dismiss the demand, but if the former combatants want to follow and present their case before the IAHM court, we are going to support you”, underlined Rossi.

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  • golfcronie

    Wonderful justice for the FALKLAND vets,Rossi says, you won't get justice in Argentina go and waste time at (IACHR) or words to that effect. I ask the question, ” Why has it taken 33 years to tell them to go to the ( IACHA )?” Is this how Argentinian justice works, kick the can down the road and hope most of the Vets die off in the meantime? Comments from sensible Argentinians please.

    Mar 05th, 2015 - 07:43 am 0
  • LEPRecon

    @1 golfcronie

    I agree. Why can't Argentina investigate this and bring those that are guilty to justice?

    Surely every Argentine would want to know the truth, wouldn't they?

    Why did the Argentine Supreme Court dismiss the case? The Argentine veterans of the Falklands War could probably produce witnesses from the Falkland Islands population AND from the British forces who liberated them.

    So why? Why make these poor men waste their time and money going to a nothing entity?

    It would be better for them to take their case to the Haig, but I'm not sure if individuals are allowed to do that, or whether it has to be a country. At least at the Haig they'd get a fair hearing. It's doubtful they'll get on at this Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and even if they do this body has NO POWER to enforce any of it's rulings, on the UN and the International War Crimes tribunal can do that.

    But I suppose the 'people' of Argentina don't care about these men (remember how they spit on them and called them cowards after the war?), and it is a painful reminder to them that a) Argentina isn' the 'perfect' country they're always claiming it to be, and b) a stark reminder of just how badly they lost the war, c) that these crimes were committed by Argentines against Argentines.

    The Argentine justice system should hang its head in shame for abandoning these men.

    Mar 05th, 2015 - 09:04 am 0
  • Porto Margaret

    #2
    I know you mean The Hague.

    Haig is a scotch which the argie veterans may drink too sooth being argies.

    Mar 05th, 2015 - 10:39 am 0
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