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International action of visual poetry, Uruguay's Supreme Court rules against dictatorship trials
The Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) decided to transfer judge Mariana Mota from her post at the Criminal Court to the Civil Court. Mota is known for her significant contributions in trials against military and civil men related to crimes committed during the last dictatorship in Uruguay. She currently had more than 50 cases under investigation.
The transfer has come as a surprise for most Uruguayans, while causing great discontent among Human Rights organizations and supporters.
"I am deeply concerned that these events can restore the shadow of impunity in a country that has begun to reconcile with truth and justice, for full compliance with its obligations under international law," she said.
Uruguay remains an anomaly in Latin America both with respect to its democratic political system and with respect to how it has dealt with the violence committed under military rule (1973-85). It is the only country in Latin America – indeed in the world – that has had four separate attempts at setting up a truth commission, with or without the State’s backup. It is also the only country in the world which has not once, but twice, democratically refused to revoke an amnesty law designed to protect the military from criminal prosecution for the violations that took place during the civilian-military dictatorship (1973-85). These multiple transitional justice efforts have affected peace and the process of democratic (re)construction in Uruguay.
Peoples, judges and prosecutors in Uruguay are no longer willing to silently tolerate impunity and are ready to fight for justice.
Breaking the wall of impunity in Uruguay
Collective book of visual poetry, a first stone to create an artistic commemorative site in Uruguay (technical and free size-deadline in February, 2014, exhibition of the poems in March, 2014). For this event will be presented the works of Graciela Gutiérrez Marx/Argentina, Guillermo Deisler/Chile and Clemente Padín/Uruguay.
Montevideo Mail Art Station