Wednesday, 21 May 2008

News Headlines

Peru: Anti-terrorism prosecutor Julio Galindo is demanding that the leaders of the MRTA pay 100 million soles in reparations to the Peruvian state. It remains to be seen whether the Supreme Court will accept his plea:

Procuraduria pide que MRTA pague 100 millones de soles de reparacion civil
(La Republica)

George Ciccariello-Maher comments on Venezuela's murderous "model democracy":

The Yumare Massacre, 22 Years on (Counterpunch)

Claudio Fuentes, director of FLACSO in Chile, is interviewed on the country's human rights situation and the perception of the armed forces:

Q&A: The Public Image of Chile's Post-Pinochet Military

And, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled that Argentina must bring its libel laws into line with international human rights legislation. The case was brought by CELS (Centre for Legal and Social Studies) on behalf of Eduardo Kimel, a journalist who was convicted of libel after criticising the actions of a judge presiding over a case concerning 'dirty war' perpetrators and the killing of Roman Catholic priests during the dictatorship.

Pagina/12 has a number of stories on the issue:

Para que la ley no se usa como mordaza (Pagina/12)

Una obligacion (comment by Horacio Verbitsky, journalist and President of CELS, writing in Pagina/12)

Seis meses para cambiar (interview with Andrea Pochak, assistant director of CELS)

Requisitos y antecedentes
(interview with media lawyer Damian Loreti)

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