05 November 2007 by Santiago O’Donnell

A growing number of loosely defined groups are being declared victims of genocide by Latin American and Spanish courts: Indians in the Brazilian Amazonia, victims of the Argentine junta, student demonstrators in Mexico, street protesters in Bolivia, and former guerrilla members in Colombia. Yet, this trend goes against the widely accepted United Nations Genocide Convention of 1948 and the legal definition of genocide used by all contemporary international or hybrid tribunals, which are much stricter about what constitutes a genocide.

09 July 2007 by Santiago O’Donnell

Occupation? "I am a priest of the Catholic Church." On July 5, the first day of the trial, the former police chaplain, clerical collar in place, took his place behind the bulletproof glass. He remained guarded, speaking only to confirm his identity to the court. Christian von Wernich is the first member of the Argentinean clergy to stand trial for alleged human rights violations committed in the 1970s. He is the third defendant to be tried since amnesty laws were struck down in June 2005.

Miguel Angel Etchecolatz