November 3, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A federal judge in Argentina on Friday requested that Spain arrest and extradite 20 former Spanish officials suspected of human rights violations during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, said she is invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction for human ...[read more]
October 8, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Buenos Aires court on Tuesday handed down a 23-year prison sentence to Reynaldo Bignone, the last Argentinian military president of the country's 1976-1983 dictatorship, for the kidnapping and torture of 32 factory workers. The court held Bignone responsible for the forced disappearance of ...[read more]
December 24, 2013
by Stephen Adelgren
A Chilean judge found eight former members of the military guilty of murder on Monday for their roles in killings perpetrated during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The men were members of the "Caravan of Death," a military operation involved in the suppression of political opponents during ...[read more]
February 23, 2013
by Max Slater
The Uruguay Supreme Court ruled on Friday that a 2011 law allowing for investigations into crimes committed during the country's 1973-1985 dictatorship is unconstitutional. Uruguay's legislature passed the law in 2011, allowing the government to investigate human rights violations that occurred ...[read more]
November 19, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The government of Myanmar on Monday began releasing a number of political prisoners at the same time US President Barack Obama arrived for a historic visit to the former dictatorship. Specifically, 66 prisoners were to be freed in conjunction with the first trip to the country made by any sitting ...[read more]
September 19, 2012
by Keith Herting
Brazil's National Truth Commission announced Monday that it will limit its inquiry to human rights abuses committed by the government under Brazil's military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985. There were some within the nation that hoped that the commission would also look at abuses by leftist ...[read more]
September 1, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
A Brazilian federal judge in Para on Friday agreed to conduct the first trial against members of its former dictatorship for alleged crimes during the military's rule from 1964-1985. The defendants are two retired army reserve members, Colonel Sebastiao de Moura and Major Licio Maciel, accused of ...[read more]
June 7, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Brazilian government on Monday issued an official apology to more than 120 former detainees of Brazil's military dictatorship, which ruled the country until 1985. It was made at a former holding facility in Rio De Janeiro during a reparation ceremony. The apology comes just after the Brazilian ...[read more]
May 30, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Iraq's human rights situation remains fragile, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) reported Wednesday. Iraq is currently transitioning from a decade-long dictatorship and its underlying armed conflict and violence to a peaceful democratic system. UNAMI recognized some improvements towards ...[read more]
May 18, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Brazilian Access to Information Act took effect Wednesday, increasing government transparency. The law will allow citizens to seek access to information that has previously been shrouded in secrecy despite a constitutional provision requiring public access to information. Speaking at a ...[read more]

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