Convictions against the former Argentine Presidents Jorge Rafael Videla and Reynaldo Bignone for the systematic kidnapping of children in Argentina is a historic step towards justice in the country, said Amnesty International today.
Videla and Bignone were found guilty of the taking, retention and hiding of minors and the suspension of their identity during the military regime that ruled the country between 1976 and 1983. They were sentenced to 50 and 15 years respectively.
“The convictions against Videla and Bignone show that no one is above the law,” said Mariela Belski, Executive Director at Amnesty International Argentina.
“This is a very significant step in the journey undertaken by Argentina in the past few years to try those responsible for the severe human rights violations committed during the last military government.”