Six Argentinian Ex-Military Repressors Sentenced to Life Imprisonment | Justicia argentina condena a represores

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By Staff, UPI via The Argentina Independent | MSN Noticias. The Federal Court of Mar del Plata, Argentina, handed out convictions to 14 retired Argentine military and police officers. Six of these were life sentences to the retired officers, including former General Alfredo Arrillaga, for crimes against humanity during the last dictatorship.

Economic Crimes of Dictatorships: Argentina

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By Marcela Valente, IPS | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. More than 600 businesspeople lost their property to the Argentina dictatorship of 1976 to 1983. “they took everything we had, our seven companies and the company plane. And it’s a miracle they didn’t kill us,” says Alejandro Iaccarino, a prosperous dairy industry businessman during the 1970s who is suing for millions of dollars in reparations.

Former Argentina Dictator Jorge Videla Gets 50 Years for Stolen Children | El ex dictador argentino Jorge Rafael Videla ha sido condenado a 50 años de prisión

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By Staff, Agencies via AlJazeera | By Staff, RT. In a major victory for rights group the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo (Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo), former military leader and president of Argentina Jorge Videla has been sentenced to 50 years for systematically stealing the babies of detained leftist activists. Another 10 former members of Videla’s government, including a woman were also sentenced. (English | Spanish)

UN Documents and Belgian Peacekeeper Implicate French Authorities in Rwanda GenocideDes documents de l’ONU et un casque bleu belge impliquent les autorités françaises dans le génocide à Rwanda

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By Linda Melvern, Liberation | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. A recently discovered United Nations list revealed that on the eve of the 1994 genocide the Rwandan army possessed French ground-to-air missiles that France was banned from exporting at that time. Belgian peacekeeper Yves Teyssier testified that the night before the April 6, 1994 attack he was blocked by Rwandan army from entering the Camp Kanombe area, and the next day he heard a UN colleague’s voice report on UN radio that two missiles were fired at president Habyarimana’s plane from the camp. (English|French)

Rwandan Leader Paul Kagame Blasts West for Harboring Genocide Suspects (UPDATED)Kagame accuse l’Occident de ne pas poursuvire des génocidaires

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By Staff, AFP via Raw Story. As Rwanda marked the 18th anniversary of a Tutsi massacre, President Paul Kagame accused Western countries of failing to apprehend genocide suspects on their territory. “As we remember those we lost, some of those who killed them are still moving freely in some capitals of the so-called free world.” – Paul Kagame. UPDATE: Arpil 18th, Uwikindi extradited to Rwanda; he is alleged to have led a group of killers to look for and exterminate Tutsi civilians. (English | French)

Argentina Remembers Children Stolen During Dictatorship: Trial Finally Under Way Memorias de la dictadura argentina: las pruebas sobre el robo de bebés

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By Marcela Valente, IPS | Staff, Cuba Debate. The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo are finally getting heard in court after 35 years of demanding their stolen grandchildren. Eight former officials of the brutal Argentinian dictatorship that began on March 24, 1976 and lasted 7 years, are accused of “taking, retaining, hiding and changing the identities of” 34 children born to political prisoners held in clandestine prisons during the dictatorship. UPDATE on Mar 27th: Closing arguments. (English | Spanish)

Brazilians Push to Prosecute Military Junta’s Human Rights Crimes, Pushed Back by JudgeCrece movimiento jurídico para burlar ley de amnistía en BrasilCresce movimento jurídico para evitar a lei de anistia no Brasil

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By Fabiana Frayssinet, IPS | Staff, Human Rights Watch | Colin M. Snider, Americas South and North. In the first serious move by Brazil to confront the cases of murder, disappearance and torture from its junta years, Transitional Justice (Justiça de Transición), a group of public prosecutors from several Brazilian states, plans to prosecute the forced disappearances during the 1964-1985 dictatorship based on the concept that these kidnappings are ongoing crimes. As their first case, Brazilian federal prosecutors announced they would try retired Col. Sebastião Curió Rodrigues de Moura for “aggravated kidnapping” for his alleged role in 5 enforced disappearances in Pará state in 1974. UPDATES: March 20th, Judge Joao Matos halts prosecution; prosecutors plan to appeal. (English | Spanish | Portuguese)

6,060 Years for Guatemalan Ex-Soldier Who Massacred Indigenous and Fled to California

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By Staff (sc/jg/jsr/mgt/jf), Prensa Latina | By Rachel Rickard Straus, Daily Mail | Al Jazeera video, YouTube. Pedro Pimentel, a former instructor of an elite Guatemalan military force called kaibiles, extradited from the US last July, has been sentenced to 6,060 years in prison for his role in killing 201 indigenous people in the Dos Erres massacre of December 6 to 8, 1982. UPDATE March 19th: video.

Garzon Cleared of Remaining Charges By Spanish Supreme CourtEl Supremo considera que Garzón erró, pero no prevaricó, y lo absuelve

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By Joseph Yoldi and Julio M. Lazaro, El Pais | Translated from the Spanish by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. By a vote of 6 to 1, today Spain’s Supreme Court acquitted ex-Judge Baltasar Garzon of the charge of overstepping his jurisdiction while trying to open an investigation into Franco-era fascist crimes. The court held, however, that Garzon had erred in interpreting the Spanish amnesty law like those of South America. Rights groups object to this legal interpretation and feel that it harms the Spanish judiciary. Another case against Garzon, alleging his corruption was dismissed. However the decision to disbar him remains in effect; Garzon plans to appeal this decision.

Magistrate Baltasar Garzon Sentenced to 11 Years of Disbarment by Partisan Spanish CourtGarzón dice adiós a la carrera judicial al ser condenado a 11 años de inhabilitación

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By José Yoldi and Julio M. Lázaro, El Pais | Translated by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | Wikipedia. As people protested outside the Criminal Chamber of the National Court in Spain, a group of partisan judges allied to Spain’s ruling conservative Partido Popular (PP, People’s Party) unanimously condemned Judge Baltasar Garzón to 11 years of disbarment for ordering the recording of conversations of the ringleaders of the corrupt Gürtel group connected to the PP. UPDATE: Translation of full El Pais article by DC, plus background on Gurtel case. UPDATES on Feb 10th: Video of rally for Garzon in Madrid; Garzon who vows to fight the sentence. UPDATE on Feb 12th: New rally in Madrid draws over 10,000 supporters.

Khmer Rouge Jailer Given Life After Appealing 30-Year Sentence

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By Mujib Mashal and Staff, Al Jazeera. Khmer Rouge chief jailer and torturer Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, escaped justice for over 30 years by hiding out as a Christian aid worker. On Feb 3rd, the 69-year old Duch was sentenced to life imprisonment after he appealed a 30-year sentence because he had only “respectfully and strictly followed the orders.” He is the first person to be brought to justice for the “killing field” atrocities. Cambodians have started a national debate around this case as part of their social healing.

Former Guatemalan Dictator Rios Montt to Stand Trial for Genocide

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By Danilo Valladares, IPS. A Guatemalan court has ordered former dictator Efrain Rios Montt to stand trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. If convincted, he faces 30 years in prison. This should cover Montt, who is 85 years old. Hopefully this is only the start, and the members of the army who perpetrated the crimes will also be brought to justice. (English | Spanish)

A Case for Baby Doc, Sweet Micky, Wycleff, Sean, and Clintons Being FaceBook Friends | Baby Doc, Sweet Micky, Wycleff, Sean, and les Clinton seraient-ils des amis FaceBook?

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Today Investigative Magistrate Carves Jean ruled that former dictator Jean Claude Duvalier (Baby Doc to his friends) should not be tried for human rights violations but, rather, for corruption and the misappropriation of public funds. Every human rights organization is crying fowl and blaming the decision on “politics!” I blame it on Facebook friendships. (English | French)

Frederico Garcia Lorca, Three Poems: Ditty of First Desire, Debussy, Fare Well | Frederico Garcia Lorca, tres poemas: Cancioncilla del primer beso, Debussy, El balcón

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By Frederico Garcia Lorca, Casa Poema, Kempis, Everything2 | Wikipedia | Commentary by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Frederico García Lorca, one of the greatest poets and playwrights in the Spanish language, became Franco’s most famous victim at the start of the Spanish Civil War. García Lorca’ remains might be buried in one of the unmarked graves that Judge Baltasar Garzon ordered exhumed as part of his probe into Spain’s fascist era. Judge Garzon is currently being persecuted by a judiciary linked to Spain’s new majority conservative Partido Popular (PP). (English | Spanish)