Argentine Government to Halt Compensation Payments to Victims of State Terrorism

The Argentine government halts reparation payments to victims of state terrorism during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship, citing widespread corruption, raising concerns about the government's commitment to justice and reconciliation.

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Argentine Government to Halt Compensation Payments to Victims of State Terrorism

Argentine Government to Halt Compensation Payments to Victims of State Terrorism

The Argentine government, led by President Javier Milei, has announced that it will stop paying compensation to exiled victims of state terrorism during the country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship. Justice Minister Mariano Cúneo Libarona has ordered a comprehensive audit of all requests made under the laws of patrimonial reparation for victims of state terrorism, citing widespread corruption in the system.

The decision to audit all requests stems from a ruling in a case involving the prosecution of a group of people for crimes such as illicit association, falsification of documents, and fraud. "There are over 100 corrupt cases, with more than 350 judgments of $100,000 each that were obtained fraudulently," claimed Cúneo Libarona.

The government's move is the latest intervention into human rights policies, as President Milei has questioned the estimates of the number of disappeared under state terrorism and demanded compensation for the victims of left-wing terrorism and guerrilla violence. The previous Peronist government had also initiated legal action and investigations against 'gangs' specializing in obtaining such reparations.

Why this matters:

The comprehensive audit ordered by Justice Minister Cúneo Libarona aims to uncover fraudulent claims and corruption within the patrimonial reparation system. The government's actions have drawn criticism from human rights groups and victims' advocates, who argue that the move undermines the rights and dignity of those who endured torture, exile, and the disappearance of loved ones during the dictatorship era.

Key Takeaways

  • Argentine gov't blocks reparation payments to victims of 1976-1983 dictatorship.
  • Justice Minister orders audit, citing widespread corruption in reparation system.
  • Over 100 corrupt cases, with 350+ fraudulent $100,000 judgments, claimed.
  • Gov't questions estimates of disappeared, demands compensation for left-wing victims.
  • Move raises concerns about gov't's commitment to justice and reconciliation.