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Italy hands down sentences in ‘Operation Condor’

An appeals court in Rome sentenced 24 to life in prison, including former senior officials of the military dictatorships in Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. The officials were found to have been involved in Operation Condor, under which opponents of military rule were hunted down across South America’s borders in the 1970s and early ’80s. The exact number killed is not known. The case focused on the disappearance of 43 people, including 23 Italian citizens. Prosecutors applied the “universal jurisdiction” precedent from the 1998 arrest in London of Chilean ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet. They also referenced the 2016 conviction of leaders of Argentina’s military dictatorship, which confirmed the existence of Operation Condor for the first time. (Image via Deep Dives)

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Paraguay: demand freedom for massacre survivors

Rights activists in Paraguay are demanding acquittal of 11 peasants facing charges related to the 2012 massacre at Curuguaty, which led to removal of the country's leftist president.

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Paraguay: indigenous Aché people charge genocide

The Aché indigenous people of Paraguay brought suit in an Argentine court demanding reparations for "genocide" carried out under the late Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner.

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Paraguay: military unleashed to fight guerillas

Paraguay’s Congress voted up broad powers allowing the new right-wing president to use the armed forces for domestic policing, following a wave of guerilla attacks on estates.