IACHR: Uruguay must comply with its obligation to clarify human rights violations during the dictatorship

IACHR: Uruguay must comply with its obligation to clarify human rights violations during the dictatorship


March of Silence 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Santiago Mazzarovich/Twitter.
March of Silence 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Santiago Mazzarovich/Twitter.

On the occasion of the 27th March of Silence, which was held this Friday, May 20, in Montevideo, but also in cities in the interior of the country and abroad, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a statement through which it reminded the victims of the civic-military dictatorship, and recognized the mothers, grandmothers, daughters and relatives in the tireless search for their loved ones and in their fight for memory, truth and justice.

State Obligations

Likewise, the IACHR stressed that the Uruguayan State “must comply with the two judgments of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the cases of «Gelman et al.» and «Maidanik vs. Uruguay”; with its international obligation to clarify the “serious violations of human rights that occurred during the dictatorship, punish those responsible and combat impunity.”

This Friday, May 20, hundreds of thousands of people participated in the 27th March of Silence that took place in Montevideo, under the slogan: “Where are they? The truth is still hidden. It is the responsibility of the State”.

The date recalls the murders of Zelmar Michelini, Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz, William Whitelaw and Rosario Barredo, and the disappearance of Manuel Liberoff, in Buenos Aires and calls for truth and justice for the 197 disappeared, many of them in the framework of the Condor Plan of repressive coordination of the dictatorships of the Southern Cone.

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