Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Justice for the disappeared

A former Argentine naval officer has been convicted in Spain of crimes against humanity for his role in Argentina's "dirty war". Under the 1976 - 83 military dictatorship, thousands of unionists, leftists, and other political opponents of the regime were "disappeared". Some were tortured; others were drugged, stripped naked, and thrown from aircraft into the Atlantic Ocean. Adolfo Scilingo participated in two of these flights, in which 30 people were murdered.

He is only one man - but it is a start, and a salutory warning to those engaged in human rights abuses: one day, justice will catch up with them.