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Uruguay nunca más : human rights violations, 1972-1985 /
Servicio Paz y Justicia, Uruguay ; translated by Elizabeth Hampsten ; with an introduction by Lawrence Weschler.
imprint
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1992.
description
xxxvi, 360 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0877229538
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imprint
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1992.
isbn
0877229538
general note
Translation of: Uruguay nunca más.
catalogue key
2925729
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-353) and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1992-10-12:
This remarkable book, a bestseller in Uruguay, soberly and authoritatively documents the horrors of repression under the military regime that ruled Uruguay from 1972 to 1985. Unlike in Argentina or Brazil, in Uruguay neither the government nor the church conducted this investigation; it was the work of citizens who combined personal testimony and a knowledge of social science, as Lawrence Wechsler notes in his perceptive introduction. (His own book, A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers , is in part a chronicle of the making of this report.) It teaches us about the breakdown of democracy in Uruguay, the practice of state terrorism and the scars such depredations left on individuals and on the country. ``To forget past crimes becomes a new crime against human nature,'' the authors conclude. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 1993-09:
This long-awaited report of human rights violations in Uruguay from 1972 through 1985 details the abuses of military power in a country that had previously been known as the "Switzerland of South America." It is a companion to Nunca M'as, the report of the Argentine National Commission on the Disappeared (1986), Torturo in Brazil, a report of the Catholic Church, Archdiocese of S~ao Paulo (1986), and the report of the Chilean Commission on Truth and Reconciliation (not yet available in English). Together, these reports document the systematic implementation of a National Security Doctrine as state policy by the military sectors in these Latin American countries. This doctrine was invoked to fight an internal war against ideological subversion, political violence and corruption, and civilian mismanagement and was used to justify the imprisonment, torture, "disappearance," and execution of the political opposition. This volume offers a detailed historical narrative of the decline of the democratic system and the rise of military power in Uruguay. We learn of the military's "A," "B," "C" classification of Uruguayan citizens for political reliability. A particularly compelling section documents Uruguayan-Argentinean coordination of military operations. Lawrence Weschler's provocative preface notes an unpublished report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights which posits that Uruguay's amnesty of military personnel who committed abuses violates the OAS's American Convention on Human Rights. Highly recommended. General; advanced undergraduate through faculty. V. L. Muller; University of San Diego
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"This remarkable book, a bestseller in Uruguay, soberly and authoritatively documents the horrors of repression under the military regime that ruled Uruguay from 1972 to 1985. Unlike Argentina or Brazil, in Uruguay neither the government nor the church conducted this investigation; it was the work of citizens who combined personal testimony and a knowledge of social science, as Lawrence Weschler notes in his perceptive introduction.... It teaches us about the breakdown of democracy in Uruguay, the practice of state terrorism and the scars such depredations left on individuals and on the country. 'To forget past crimes becomes a new crime against human nature,' the authors conclude." -Publishers Weekly
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Based on hundreds of interviews, a survey of ex-prisoners, and published testimonials, Uruguay Nunca Más documents the atrocities that were committed during the military dictatorship in Uruguay from 1973 to 1985. The organization Servicio Paz y Justicia-Uruguay (SERPAJ) traces the various stages that Uruguay's military government passed through in its twelve years in power, noting the progressive distortion of the legislative judicial, and executive branches. Detailing the means by which civil liberties were abrogated by the repressive regime, this report examines how the Doctrine of National Security affected daily life in a country that had been hailed as "the Switzerland of America."Unlike the bloody, highly publicized events in Chile and Argentina, the hushed repression in Uruguay was carried out with unprecedented sophistication. Describing some twenty forms of torture, disappearances, and other mechanisms of repression, Uruguay Nunca Más documents how the population at large was subjected to abuse, terror, and lies, amid economic depression and social upheaval. This disturbing report by SERPAJ cites as its purpose the words of George Santayana: "Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat it." It should serve as a cautionary lesson for citizens in any democracy. Author note: Servicio Paz y Justicia - Uruguay is a team of Lawyers, doctors, and human rights specialists dedicated to the preservation of human rights in Uruguay.Elizabeth Hampsten is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Dakota.
Table of Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction - Lawrence Weschler
Abbreviations
The Historical Process
The Decline of the Democratic System, I: Crisis, Social Mobilization, and Authoritarianism
The Decline of the Democratic System, II: Ascendancy of the Military
The Military Dictatorship, I: Social Control and State Militarization
The Military Dictatorship, II: Military Failure and the Restoration of Democracy
The Practice of State Terrorism
Arrests
Torture
Military Justice
The Long Imprisonment
Prison Medical Care
Deaths
Forced Disappearances
Doctors', Psychologists', and Paramedics' Participation in Torture
Coordination among Military Operations in the Southern Cone
Beyond Prison
The Dismantling of Civilian Life
The Long Exile
The Scars of Terrorism
Epilogue: Final Words
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Notes
Index
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