In Argentina, a seven-man Human Rights Commission from the Organisation of American States (OAS) is holding a two-week investigation into alleged human rights abuses.
In Argentina, a seven-man Human Rights Commission from the Organisation of American States (OAS) is holding a two-week investigation into alleged human rights abuses. The Commission which arrived a week ago (6 September) was allowed on Tuesday (11 September) to interview former Presidents Maria Estela Peron and Roberto Marcelo Levingston who are being held under house arrest.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of relatives of missing people have queued outside the Commission's headquarters in Buenos Aires to file reports on their cases. Some five thousand people are known to have disappeared during the military government's battle with leftwing guerrillas. Most of the missing are believed to have been kidnapped by armed men who claimed to be members of the security forces.
Commission members have visited jails in several provinces to interview political prisoners. On Tuesday (11 September) they visited former President Maria Estela Peron who has been under house arrest since she was toppled from the presidency by the armed forces in 1976. Newsmen hoping for a glimpse of Mrs Peron were unlucky. Security forces ensured that newsmen were kept well away during the meeting.
The Commission has also visited newspaper editor Jacobo Timerman who has been under house arrest for a year without charges being formally brought against him. The Argentine government has officially welcomed the Commission's visit but some pro-government groups and individuals have been openly hostile, protesting against interference in Argentina's internal affairs. The Commission's finding will be heard by the Organisation's General Assembly next year.