The upper house of Argentina’s parliament, the Senate, has voted to abolish amnesty laws which protect members of the former military governments from prosecution for human rights abuses. The vote opens the way for charges to be brought against hundreds of security officials suspected of murder and torture during the military dictatorship. The Supreme Court will now have the final say on the matter, but experts say the court – itself undergoing a shake-up after accusations of corruption and political bias – has not signalled whether it will make a ruling. Human rights group estimate that up to 30,000 Argentines were officially reported as dead or missing during the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983. Full Story
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