Title: A Just Peace in the Wake of Dictatorship
Author: The Karibu Foundation,
Voices from the South E-Newsletter: March 2014
An Interview with Nobel Peace Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and “Mothers of May Square-Founders´Line” member Nora Morales de Cortiñas
The Argentine dictatorship from 1976-1983 is widely recognized as one of the bloodiest historical episodes of 20th century Latin America. Similar to other trends in the region at the time, the authoritarian right-wing regime in Argentina rose to power with backing from the US government as part of its anti-communist foreign policy initiatives. The Argentine regime argued that repression was a justified necessity to maintain political stability in the country, and it is estimated that between 15,000 and 30,000 citizens were tortured and killed during the period. Many of these individuals simply “disappeared”—seized by the authorities and were never heard from again.
The legacies, impacts, and wounds of the dictatorship still remain deep in Argentina, and the fight for a just peace continues. In May 2014, the Karibu Foundation sat down with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and prominent member of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo-Línea Fundadora (Mothers of May Square-Founders´ Line), Nora Morales de Cortiñas, in Buenos Aires to discuss the role of human rights activists, civil society, and everyday citizens in the struggle for justice. Click to access this month’s “Voices from the South”.