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Operation Condor on Trial in Argentina

The trial over a campaign of terror coordinated among the dictatorships of the Southern Cone of South America in the 1970s and 1980s began Tuesday in Buenos Aires with former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla as one of the main defendants, along with another 24 former military officers.

Chilean journalist and writer Mauricio Weibel. Credit: Fabíola Ortiz/IPS

Q&A: “Chile’s 21st Century Democracy Arose From the Dictatorship”

The legacy of Chile's 1973-1990 dictatorship, which left some 3,000 people dead and “disappeared”, remains alive in the country's society and political system, says journalist and writer Mauricio Weibel.

A Memorial of White Scarves Protests Calderón’s Legacy

Each scarf represents a life cut short. Each stitch, a tear. Each thread, a cry of frustration about death and impunity.

Veracruz – a Black Hole in Mexico

Something smells rotten in the state of Veracruz. In Xalapa, the capital of this eastern Mexican state, known as the “Athens of Veracruz” because of its strong cultural tradition, fear is in the air.

Argentina’s Biggest Human Rights Trial Begins

The biggest trial for human rights crimes committed by Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship began Wednesday in Buenos Aires, with 68 people accused of crimes involving nearly 800 victims of the Navy Mechanics School (ESMA).

Search for Missing Daughters in Mexico Drives Families into Ruin*

The families of thousands of girls and women who have disappeared in Mexico are spending everything they have in the search for their daughters – and for justice.

Families of ‘Disappeared’ and Forensic Institute on Good Terms Again

Relations between the families of people “disappeared” by Chile’s 1973-1990 dictatorship and the forensic institute, which have been tense since a 2006 scandal when the state body admitted that it had misidentified 96 of the 126 bodies found in a common grave in 1991, are beginning to mend.

Mexico’s Spiral of Violence Causes Spike in PTSD

Since the forced disappearance of his son Jethro in May 2011, Héctor Sánchez has found an outlet for his grief in activism. So far he has turned down psychological support offered by the Mexican Attorney-General's Office and human rights organisations.

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