• Short Summary

    Victims of Argentina's former military governments gave a news conference in Buenos Aires on January 4, to present evidence of alleged torture in clandestine camps.The conference was organised by the Commission for Peace and Justice which has long been campaigning for though measures against human rights offenders.A spokesman of the commission, Mr.Marcelo Palermo, read a statement describing the ordeal of an alleged torture victim, whose mother and sister were present at the news conference.The mother, Mrs Sara Elba Olivero de Rossi, unable to contain her grief, broke down as the statement was being read.The commission has spoken out against recent measures introduced by the new civilian government to deal with human rights offenders.The measured allowed military courts to try members of the armed forces accused of kidnapping, torture and murder.The commission, along with other human rights organisation, want cases to be dealt with by civilian courts.President Raul Alfonsin's pledge to investigate the widespread abuse of human rights under military rule in the 1970s has prompted Argentine exiles to return home.On January 7, and exiled publisher, Jacob Timerman, returned to Buenos Aires for a short visit, and spoke at a news conference.It was held at the offices of his newspaper, La Opinion, which was closed by the previous regime.In answer to reporters' questions, Mr.Timerman said he trusted the new government, and hoped all criminals would be brought to trial.During the interview, Mr.Timerman likened a former Argentine chief of police, General Tamps, to Hitler, and said he was prepared to testify against his former torturers for the sake of justice.Asked if he feared for his security, he replied that his past experiences still gave him nightmares, but he was not afraid.

  • Description

    1.
    JANUARY 4: SVs AND CUs Spokesman for Commission for Peace and justice speaking as victim's mother Mrs Sara Elba Olivero de Rossi breaks down into tears and is comforted by other daughter (Spanish SOT) (2 shots)
    1.32

    2.
    JANUARY 7: SV Publisher Jacobo Timerman and reporters in Buenos Aires
    1.36

    3.
    CU PULL BACK TO SV Timerman speaking to reporters (English SOT)
    2.12

    4.
    SV ZOOM INTO CU AND PAN Timerman and wife answering journalist's question (English SOT)
    2.39


    TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 3):



    TIMERMAN: "Of course I am going to help in any way I can, the local authorities, in the prosecution of the tortures. I have a precise idea about who were my torturers. You are asking if I am going to face General Tamps, the idea of being, confronting him, makes me sick. But if a judge, having him, General Tamps (or Kamps) under trial, need by confrontation with him, I think I have the strength to do it".



    TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 4):



    REPORTER: "Do you have any fear at all, returning to this country, where you suffered so much?"



    TIMERMAN: "I have nightmares, but not fear".



    REPORTER: "Do you have any doubts at all that you're doing the right thing in coming back?



    TIMERMAN:"Yes I am sure about that, I have no fears about my security. But of course, as you said, coming back to a country where you were tortured, I have many nightmares about that."





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    Background: Victims of Argentina's former military governments gave a news conference in Buenos Aires on January 4, to present evidence of alleged torture in clandestine camps.The conference was organised by the Commission for Peace and Justice which has long been campaigning for though measures against human rights offenders.A spokesman of the commission, Mr.Marcelo Palermo, read a statement describing the ordeal of an alleged torture victim, whose mother and sister were present at the news conference.The mother, Mrs Sara Elba Olivero de Rossi, unable to contain her grief, broke down as the statement was being read.The commission has spoken out against recent measures introduced by the new civilian government to deal with human rights offenders.The measured allowed military courts to try members of the armed forces accused of kidnapping, torture and murder.The commission, along with other human rights organisation, want cases to be dealt with by civilian courts.President Raul Alfonsin's pledge to investigate the widespread abuse of human rights under military rule in the 1970s has prompted Argentine exiles to return home.On January 7, and exiled publisher, Jacob Timerman, returned to Buenos Aires for a short visit, and spoke at a news conference.It was held at the offices of his newspaper, La Opinion, which was closed by the previous regime.In answer to reporters' questions, Mr.Timerman said he trusted the new government, and hoped all criminals would be brought to trial.During the interview, Mr.Timerman likened a former Argentine chief of police, General Tamps, to Hitler, and said he was prepared to testify against his former torturers for the sake of justice.Asked if he feared for his security, he replied that his past experiences still gave him nightmares, but he was not afraid.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6SIOVX7ILRU1J6YN8HWJS6APG
    Media URN:
    VLVA6SIOVX7ILRU1J6YN8HWJS6APG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/01/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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