Author Topic: CBC Dispatches on justice for torture victims in Mendoza, Argentina  (Read 1643 times)


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This article is pretty much a transcription of the CBC Dispatches story of the emotional reunion of two torture victims in Mendoza (the lovely wine-producing centre) during the years of military dictatorship in Argentina and neighbouring countries (Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, and still Brazil).

Antonio Savone sought refuge in Toronto; he returned home 35 years later to confront his torturers, who also tortured and systematically raped Rosa Gomez (and obviously, other women) and "disappeared" her husband. This story also has resonance from a "news from a feminist view" standpoint, as there is the specific innovation of seeing sexual violence as a crime against humanity. We recall that this recognition began in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

"The laughter dies down when conversation turns to the trial. Of this group, Gomez is the only one who has testified about D2. She also identified three of the four men who raped her. One is dead but two others have been arrested and are awaiting trial. Her case could help establish rape as a "crime against humanity," making it easier to prosecute those who used sexual violence at D2.

Ana Laura Zavala Guillén, a human rights lawyer in Buenos Aires, says Savone's testimony will make all the difference.

"Sometimes judges refuse to condemn perpetrators because no one can confirm the allegations. If we don't break the silence about these things, we just get impunity about the most terrible crimes or atrocities." "
« Last Edit: March 10, 2011, 01:57:13 PM by lagatta »
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
Rosa Luxemburg


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