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Argentina’s Human Rights Trials


Gabriele Andreozzi

The current situation in Argentina is unprecedented. In compliance with prescribed timings and procedures, the crimes committed by the state in recent history are being prosecuted and penalized. This book traces the path of the trials for crimes against humanity in Argentina, from the Trial of the Juntas that began during the presidency of Raúl Alfonsín to current developments under Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, analysing the ideas of memory, truth and justice. In the volume, judges, lawyers, historians, journalists and witnesses from the era of terror give a lucid and critical reconstruction of the last thirty years. The contributors also point to other states where crimes against humanity are still being committed on a daily basis, despite being notionally proscribed.
This book is translated from Spanish, originally appearing under the title Juicios por crímenes de lesa humanidad en Argentina (2011).
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The Reopening of Judicial Proceedings for Crimes Against Humanity in Argentina




It becomes clear from the social history of the West in the last century, and from the recent political experience of Argentina in particular,1 that there have been many occasions on which the attacks of the police state broke down the levees which offered resistance on the basis of the rule of law

Thus, through the employment of an authoritarian and manifestly illegal power – what Baratta called the exercise of institutional violence – those impulses overwhelmed areas of rights and freedoms which had always been targeted and which until then had the protection of the law. These rights include, amongst others, life, dignity and personal freedom, the supreme ← 165 | 166 → values of any nation which wishes to belong to the international community, in the light of fundamental human rights enshrined in international charters which multiplied from the second half of the twentieth century.2

State terrorism and crimes against humanity in the case of Argentina

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