Posts Tagged ‘junta’

Argentina: reunification of mother and disappeared son after 4 decades

December 3, 2015

It is understandable that many people doubt the usefulness of pressing for the case of disappearances in Argentina after almost four decades, but this case shows that one should never give up hope: Mario Bravo and the mother he never knew, from whom he was snatched at birth in a jail by Argentina’s military, hugged, laughed and wept on Tuesday 1 December 2015, together at last. “We cried a lot. We are talking about 38 years of searching,” Bravo told a news conference after meeting his mother, Sara, thanks to help from the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo human rights group. “It was a miracle to have found my mom alive. “She heard my wail (as a newborn) and now she is hearing my voice, 38 years later.

During the junta regime, from 1976 to 1983, the Argentine military plucked people off the streets and detained leftists and even suspected leftists, and gave away the babies born to mothers they were holding in jail. Some of the women who experienced this horror of the so-called “Dirty War” were raped in prison, and others were detained while pregnant. While Bravo said he suspected something was strange about his identity as a child, it was after his adoptive mother died that he started searching in earnest, registering with a DNA database of families with missing and abducted children.
The Grandmothers group has worked for 20 years trying to bring about such reunions. Of the hundreds of missing, Bravo was their “Missing grandchild No. 119.”

Thai Junta summons human rights defenders

June 2, 2014

The Asian Human Rights Commission reports that only a few hours ago (around 9 pm) on 1 June 2014, the National Council on Peace and Order Maintenance [NPCO] in Thailand issued Orders No. 42-44/2014 – broadcast on the radio and television – demanding that 38 persons report themselves to the Jamjuree Room at the Army Club on Thewet Road between 10 am and noon. Similar to earlier orders, the penalty for not obeying the summons carries a prison term and a 40,000 baht fine.The list includes a number of human rights defenders, activists, academics, and journalists, such as:

  • Jittra Kotchadet, long-time labour rights activist and human rights defender.
  • Tewarit Maneechay, human rights defender and journalist for the independent media site Prachatai.
  • Suthachai Yimprasert, a historian at Chulalongkorn University, and
  • Kengkij Kitirianglarp, a political scientist at Chiang Mai University; the two academics have consistently acted in support of human rights.
  • Pranee Danwattananusorn, the wife of Surachai Danwattananusorn (a former political prisoner) and who has worked to support the rights of political prisoners and human rights defenders.
  • Karom Phonpornklang, a lawyer who has defended numerous political prisoners.

The full lists can be found in:  THAILAND: Junta summons additional human rights defenders, activists, academics, and journalists — Asian Human Rights Commission.