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Struggle Continues in Paraguay to Hold Dictatorship-era Repressors Accountable

ISSN:1060-4189
LADB Article ID: 78547
Category/Department: Paraguay
Date: 2012-03-30
By: Andrés Gaudín

The discovery of human remains in an Asunción, Paraguay, police barracks that served as a detention center during the dictatorship of Gen. Alfredo Stroessner (1954-1989), the death of a repressor who had evaded legal action since the fall of the dictatorship, and the initiation of a campaign to investigate crimes of the past and try those responsible left President Fernando Lugo's progressive administration in an uncomfortable position and renewed longstanding denunciations of alleged interference by the US State Department and the Pentagon in Paraguay's internal affairs. Unlike other South American countries, where investigation of the past is promoted by the governments in cooperation with civil-society humanitarian organizations, in Paraguay those tasks are on hold, and victims' relatives are the only ones pushing for the search for the truth.

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