Former Uruguayan military officer Alejandro Ariel Ferreira has been sentenced to 9 years in jail for torture and crimes against humanity at the clandestine detention center known as Los Vagones during the 1973-1985 military regime, it was announced Monday. It was the first conviction by oral and public trial for crimes against humanity through the new criminal code and the first ruling for a crime under international law.
Two members of Uruguay's infamous Death Squad have been handed down heavy prison sentences for their involvement in two murder cases, it was announced Friday in Montevideo.
Uruguay's Air Force (FAU) will assist the Human Rights Institute in tracing possible burials of people forcibly disappeared during the military dictatorship using state-of-the-art laser technology, Defense Minister Javier García announced Wednesday.
Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao Monday said crimes committed during the country's military regime (1964-1985) cannot be investigated because “all those people are dead.”
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has determined Argentina was internationally responsible for the forced disappearances of Uruguayan nationals Mario Roger Julien Cáceres and Victoria Lucía Grisonas Andrijauskaite “perpetrated within the framework of the systematic plan of repression implemented in the 1976-1983 period and in the context of Operation Condor,” it was announced in San José, Costa Rica.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro Thursday signed into law the bill whereby changes are introduced to the Penal Code's National Security chapter which dated back to times of military rule, and which will become effective 90 days from now.
It is ten o'clock in the morning and the Senate of Uruguay has several hours of intense debate ahead of it. Only few minutes before midnight, the ruling coalition of parties will have put the lid on the criminal investigation against their partner and current leader of the Cabildo Abierto, investigated for the alleged omission of denouncing the confessions of crimes against humanity made by a former military man before a Court of Honor in 2018.
Some 75% of Brazilians support the country's current democracy, a poll by Datafolha released on Sunday showed, while just 10% of citizens support a dictatorship, the highest and lowest levels of support for the two forms of government in at least 30 years.
An Argentine ex-police officer linked to the murder of hundreds of people during the country's “dirty war” was on a plane to Buenos Aires on Monday, after France extradited him to face trial over the disappearance of a student.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday questioned the credibility of a truth commission that investigated human rights abuses under the country's military dictatorship, suggesting it was politically influenced by the left.