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Argentina sending troops to basic training in human rights

Argentina sending troops to basic training in human rights

Hundreds of Argentine troops are headed back to class for a different sort of basic training _ in human rights.
The initiative was ordered by Defense Minister Nilda Garre, a former dissident who fled into exile under the 1970s military dictatorship, and comes as Argentina struggles to fully confront the junta era during which security forces kidnapped and killed thousands of people.
Some 600 army, navy and air force officers will take the three-month, civilian-taught courses on the role of the state in a democratic society, conflict resolution and justice, with the aim of strengthening institutional respect for human rights, the Defense Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.
Since the election of President Nestor Kirchner in 2003, Argentina has reopened hundreds of rights cases after overturning 1980s amnesty laws that had sheltered former officers from prosecution.
Last week, a federal court overturned presidential pardons from 1990 for two top junta leaders, saying they must return to prison to serve their life terms for crimes against humanity.
Nearly 13,000 people are officially reported as dead or missing during the seven-year military crackdown on dissent known as the dirty war; human rights groups say the toll was closer to 30,000.
Garre, 61, was first elected in 1973 to Argentina's House and has been active in human rights and leftist issues since that turbulent decade.


Updated : 2021-07-30 18:48 GMT+08:00