My paper confronts the ways in which the Argentine people have chosen to cope with the atrocities committed against them by the government during the last military dictatorship, which racked the nation with fear and clandestine violence from 1976-1983. Since the end of those dark years, the Argentine public has established and put into action three main pillars of overall justice: criminalization of all disappearances, murders, and torture; commemoration of the victims; and a specific form of protest. I argue that these components formulate a comprehensive plan to preserve memory and guarantee justice, and they allow the people to face the atrocious crimes of their shared history. I include a brief history of Argentina’s recent turbulent past, followed by an explanation of the shared experiences that have created a profound link between all Argentines, and I then relate the specific ways in which the nation is carrying out the three pillars of justice. The majority of my information is drawn from Argentine newspaper articles from the last five years, so all citations represent a very current view.
Elise Hogue, ’09 Bend, OR
Sponsor: Carol Lacy-Salazar