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Malvinas Veterans appeal to UN Human Rights Rapporteur, the case on abuses committed by Argentine officers

Wednesday, May 11th 2022 - 09:55 UTC
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The case dates back to 2007, filed at the Federal Court of Rio Grande, with 130 military officers charged, only three prosecuted and fifteen under investigation The case dates back to 2007, filed at the Federal Court of Rio Grande, with 130 military officers charged, only three prosecuted and fifteen under investigation

A grouping of Malvinas Veterans have requested the United Nations to inquire about the delays in Argentina's Judicial branch on the case of torture and human rights abuses by Argentine officers against private soldiers during the 1982 Falklands war.

Malvinas former Combatants from La Plata made the presentation before UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Swiss Professor Nils Melzer.

The case dates back to 2007, and has been filed at the Federal Court of Rio Grande, with 130 military officers charged, only three prosecuted and fifteen under investigation, waiting for a ruling from the Argentine Supreme Court.

The highest court in Argentina must decide whether inhuman punishments as those suffered by many conscripts during the Falklands war are crimes against humanity, and if so, do not prescribe, nor the criminal action against abusers.

Then young conscripts, they claim Argentine military officers had them staked to the ground, no matter weather conditions, buried, beaten and other abuses. Let's not forget the war took place during austral winter months in cold windy Islands..

“We have decided on a new appeal path, this time with the UN”, said Ernesto Alonso, Human Rights chair of the grouping which argues the victims are exposed to “another vulnerability stress situation” of their human rights.

The lawyers for the petitioners said the request to United Nations demands, “it assesses how the Argentine state has been acting, since following on the Judicial branch, it has ignored for four decades the obligation of investigating the torture and inhuman treatment crime”.

Last March an association of Malvinas Veterans organizations under the umbrella of a Memory Commission marched up to the Tribunal's Palace demanding an answer from the Supreme Court.

In May 2021, in a divided vote two members of a Federal Appeals Court ruled against investigating while the third member supported inquiring into the human rights violations during the Falklands war.

The two member majority referred to a ruling from another court in 2009, which also rejected that abuses against humanity were committed against rank and file in 1982, and thus were ordinary crimes. This allowed an Army officer to evade sentencing and return peacefully to his home given the forty years since the alleged abuses were committed.

Categories: Argentina, Falkland Islands.

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  • Monkeymagic

    The real abuse of there poor souls, and indeed all those who believe the “Malvinas myth” is an indoctrination of extraordinary proportions, where folk were prepared to go to war, and die...based on a series of 200 year old lies. Lies that are still being told.

    May 11th, 2022 - 10:26 am +7
  • Livepeanuts

    Spot on Monkey! It is the indoctrination in Primary schools which carries on all the way in to the Faculties of the Argentine Universities which makes this an intractable problem which will live for ever where it was created by Peron: in the Argentina Education System.
    Mount Pleasant will be required for a good 50 years after the last indoctrination book is taken out of the Argentine Primary School system, the poison is going to take a couple of generations to work its way out of the system.

    May 11th, 2022 - 02:47 pm +5
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