Argentina's military administration, which claims to have made major progress in its campaign against terrorism, has announced a change of status of 389 prisoners held without trial under the national state of siege.
Argentina's military administration, which claims to have made major progress in its campaign against terrorism, has announced a change of status of 389 prisoners held without trial under the national state of siege. They are no longer at the government's disposition, but it has not indicated whether this means they have been released or are now charged with offenses. Since launching the campaign, President Jorge videla's government has attracted sharp criticism from other nations, including the United States, and human right's organisations for alleged flagrant disregard of rights.
SYNOPSIS: The Government says there are now only 3,000 people held without trial. Human rights' groups claims the total is much higher. They give figures of between 7,000 and 18,000. One fact is not disputed. Many people disappear in Argentina.
The latest disppearence is of two French nuns, Sister Alicia and sister Leonie, who with other people were seized near the church of Santa Cruz in Buenos Aires early in December. The Government says the left-wing Montonero guerrillas have claimed responsibility. They are still missing.
Many believe it was Government forces who fear it is to here-the Caceros Prison in the capital-they might have been taken. France has already protested to the government about the incident.
There has been widespread international criticism at the Government's methods of combating terrorism.
Early last year, the United States cut military aid to Argentina alleging violating of human rights. Defending its polices and methods, the Government says it is the guerrillas who violate human rights-with murder. Since the 1960s, they say, more than 3,000 people have been killed by terrorist acts.