Exhumations from May 2015 on a Periprava site believed to be a graveyard for camp victims (Photo: IICCMER)
03 June 2015

IJT 183 delves into an emotional trial in Romania in which Communist labour camp survivors confront their ex-commander.

Other features:

  • The first-ever ICTR trial transfer could be recalled from Rwanda
  • A new museum at a former detention centre reignites Argentina's debate on memorials
  • The world wrongly gambled on peace without justice in Burundi, says transitional justice expert in a Q&A

News brief:

  • Ivorian ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo is still wanted in The Hague
Names of ESMA navy officers are displayed at the Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos (Photo: Luciana Bertoia)
03 June 2015 by Luciana Bertoia, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

A memorial museum newly opened at the location of one of the most infamous illegal detention centres during Argentina’s dictatorship illustrates a national debate about how to commemorate such sites. 

04 May 2010 by -

Former Argentine military leader Jorge Rafael Videla has been charged with an additional 49 cases of kidnapping, torture and murder. He will also be tried in September for stealing 33 babies of political opponents.

By Lula Ahrens

Videla, who ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1981, was sentenced to life in prison in 1985 for human rights abuses committed during Argentina’s Dirty War, including the murders of 66 people and the torture of 93 others.

27 January 2010 by -

Germany has issued an arrest warrant for Argentina’s former dictator General Jorge Videla on suspicion of murdering a German man.

The Nuremberg prosecutor’s office opened a probe into the junta’s former leaders, including Videla, at the end of the 1990s over the killing and disappearance of Germans during Agentina’s so-called ‘dirty war’. But the initial investigations were stopped in 2008 after an Argentine court rejected an extradition request submitted by the German government.

27 January 2010 by -

Retired pilot Julio Poch will be extradited to Argentina to face charges of running ‘death flights’ under the country’s former military dictatorship. Spain’s National Court ruled last week that there are sufficient guarantees to ensure that Poch would receive a fair trial in Argentina.

Julio Alberto Poch, a former pilot with the Dutch Transavia Airlines, is wanted in Argentina for allegedly flying planes used to dump opponents of the military regime into the sea - known as ‘death flights’.

03 March 2008 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 84

Table of content:

  • International Criminal Court: Uganda: justice without the ICC
  • Truth Commission in Liberia: Outside the capital, the TRC draws no crowds
  • Trials in Argentina: Suspicious deaths in Argentina
  • Khmer Rouge trials in Cambodia: Duch, return to the scenes of the crime

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23 July 2007 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 72

Table of content:

  • ICTR - France: France reopens its Rwandan files
  • Canada: Boredom and distraction in Canada’s first war crimes trial
  • Argentina: Ten military officers on trial

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01 June 2001 by -


  • March 24, 1976, General Videla seizes power through a military coup. Human rights organisations estimate that the dictatorship was responsible for almost 30,000 deaths during its 7-year reign. According to the authorities, it was 15,000.
  • In 1983 the Falklands War debacle results in the fall of the junta.

National Commission of Enquiry into the Disappearance of Persons

24 March 2011 by -

A retired Argentine general nicknamed "The Hyena," active during the 1976-1983 military junta period, was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity on Wednesday.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

It was the sixth life sentence for Luciano Menendez, 83, who was head of the army's Third Corps during the dictatorship period and was responsible for 11 provinces in central and northern Argentina.

01 June 2001 by -

Captain of a Frigate in the Argentinean army

Miguel Angel Cavallo is accused of genocide, torture and terrorism. Identity

  • Miguel Angel Cavallo is a former officer of the Argentinean army. Before his arrest, he lived in Mexico under the name of Ricardo Angel Cavallo.