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Seeking justice for the ongoing grave human rights abuses in Syria has proven largely elusive. Now the shield of impunity is beginning to crack.
 Several countries, including Sweden, Germany, and France are in the process of investigating some…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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Refugee Crisis and Universal Jurisdiction Cases in Europe

What’s the basis for European courts to try atrocities committed in Syria and Iraq? What is universal jurisdiction? Does universal jurisdiction mean that every country can investigate any grave international crime committed in Syria and Iraq? What…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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On March 24, United States President Barack Obama finishes a two-day visit to Argentina. The visit  coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Argentine military coup, which ushered in an era of brutal attacks on people perceived as dissidents, including…
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Decision Ends 20 Years of Impunity

(Washington, D.C.) – The conviction of a former police official who brutally tortured detainees during Argentina’s “dirty war” (1976-1983) is a landmark victory for Argentine justice, Human Rights Watch said today. A federal court in Buenos Aires…
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(Washington, DC) — The trial tomorrow of a former police commissioner on charges of illegal arrest and torture during Argentina's “dirty war” marks the end of 20 years of impunity under amnesty laws annulled one year ago, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Supreme Court’s Long-Awaited Ruling Allows Prosecution of ‘Dirty War’ Crimes

(Buenos Aires) — The Argentine Supreme Court’s decision today to strike down the country’s amnesty laws is a landmark victory against impunity for gross human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today. The two amnesty laws had blocked the…
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(Washington D.C.) — Argentina's commemoration of its 1976 military coup reflects the considerable progress the country has made in addressing past human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Argentine President Néstor Kirchner participated in…
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(Washington, D.C.) - The Argentine Senate’s vote to annul the country’s amnesty laws is a major victory for justice, Human Rights Watch said today. The vote to strike down the laws, held on Thursday morning, was 43 to 7 with one abstention. “The feeling…
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(Washington DC) - The Argentine Chamber of Deputies' vote to annul two laws that shielded the military from prosecution for past human rights violations sets a welcome and historic precedent for Latin America, Human Rights Watch said today. “Argentina has…
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President Néstor Carlos Kirchner President of Argentina Casa Rosada Balcarse 24 Buenos Aires, Argentina AAB1064 I am writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch regarding new initiatives that your government has taken or is actively considering in the…
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(New York) - The Mexican Supreme Court decision to uphold the extradition of Ricardo Miguel Cavallo will reinforce the principle of “universal jurisdiction” in international law, Human Rights Watch said today. Cavallo, a former Argentine military official…
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(Geneva) - This year's session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights has proved even more disappointing than last year, Human Rights Watch said on the last day of the six-week meeting in Geneva.     An "abusers club" of governments hostile to…
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Argentine Junta Prosecutor Brings Experience

(New York) - The election of the International Criminal Court (ICC)'s first chief prosecutor marks an historic moment in the struggle for justice and accountability for atrocities.    The ICC Assembly of States Parties (ASP) is set to confirm Argentine…
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(New York) - Argentina's Supreme Court should resist army pressure and respect Argentina's human rights treaty obligations in a key decision expected soon on the constitutionality of the country's amnesty laws, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the…