The human rights organization Amnesty International affirmed that 46 years after the last coup d’état suffered by Argentina, “the prosecution” of the crimes committed during the years of state terrorism “is consolidated”, and highlighted the importance of the process of memory, truth and justice that takes place in the country as “an example” at a global level.
“After the stage of isolation that we are going through, we return to the streets in a historic day of reflection and claim. In person, but also in these years of virtuality, every March 24 is a crucial day to highlight the achievements made by the whole of society and not to forget what is still missing,” said Mariela Belski, executive director of Amnesty International Argentina. through a statement.
📅 National Day for Memory, Truth and Justice
⚪ 46 years after the last coup d’état, we accompany the actions to make visible a new day of reflection on the crimes against humanity committed during State terrorism.
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– Amnesty International Argentina (@amnistiaar) March 24, 2022
The organization indicated that “although the Preventive, Social and Mandatory Isolation (ASPO) during the years 2020 and 2021 (implemented based on the health emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic) has had an impact on the progress of legal cases, such as delays in different instances, the trial of the very serious violations of human rights committed during the last civic-military dictatorship is consolidated in Argentina”.
“Between 2006 and September 2021, 264 sentences were handed down, bringing the total number of convictions to 1,044 and acquittals to 162. 46 years after the 1976 coup in Argentina, Amnesty International reaffirms the importance of the memory process , truth, justice and reparation as an example both at the national and international levels”, the text underlines.
For Amnesty, “Argentina lived its most tragic days in the period of the last civic-military dictatorship”, and the experience in the trial and punishment of crimes committed between 1976 and 1983 “has been an example for other countries in their search processes truth and reparation to the victims”.