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    August 07, 2014

    Yesterday it was confirmed that Estela Barnes de Carlotto, founder of the organization Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, recovered after 38 years of search her grandson who was abducted in June 1978.

    Estela´s daughter, Laura Carlotto, was kidnapped in November 1977, two months pregnant, together with her partner. Laura was able to hold her son for only 5 minutes and she named him Guido, after her father, Estela´s husband. In August 1978 Laura´s lifeless body was rendered to Estela (something unusual for the time).

    The tireless, courageous struggle of Estela and all of the Abuelas and Madres de Plaza de Mayo was a powerful source of inspiration during the years of state terror in Argentina and the years of impunity that followed, despite the return of fragile democracy. Led by indomitable women like Estela, the Madres and Abuelas never gave up hope of finding the children that were stolen from them and refused to be paralysed by fear, even when some of their ranks were also disappeared by the military.

    May 17, 2013

    Argentina’s former military leader, Jorge Rafael Videla, has died in prison, where he was serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity committed during his time in office.

    “Argentina led the way in the prosecution of those responsible for the torture, killing and disappearance of thousands of people during the many military governments across Latin America,” said Mariela Belski, Director of Amnesty International in Argentina.

    “We urge Argentina and other countries in the region to continue with their efforts to bring all those responsible for the terrible crimes committed during the region’s darkest years to justice. There is still much work to be done."

    Former military president Jorge Rafael Videla, 87, died this morning in the Marcos Paz prison in Buenos Aires.

    Last year, he was sentenced to 50 years in prison for his part in the systematic kidnapping of children during the country’s military regime between 1976 and 1983.

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