Saturday, 12 June 2010

This Week in Latin America

Chile's ambassador in Argentina said that the Pinochet dictatorship was really quite pleasant for most Chileans, and then resigned. Such remarks crop up now and again, but at least now they are met with such disapproval that the official in question could not continue in his post. Contrast that with the situation in Colombia:

A Colombian ex-army officer was jailed for 11 cases of torture and forced disappearance. Uribe commented that the sentence was a shame and the multiple murderer had been merely "trying to do his duty". Incredible.

Meanwhile, Brazil's military amnesty law is facing question at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights - see also this article from Latin America News Dispatch.

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