The Long and Tortuous Path to Military Amnesty and the Referendum in Uruguay, 1985–1989

Alexandra Barahona de Brito

in Human Rights and Democratization in Latin America

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780198280385
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598852 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 The Long and Tortuous Path to Military Amnesty and the Referendum in Uruguay, 1985–1989

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In this first chapter of Part III of the book (Truth and Justice under Successor Democratic Regimes), an examination is made of how the issues of truth and justice were dealt with under democratic rule from 1985 to 1989 in Uruguay. The different sections of the chapter are: Introduction; The Release of Political Prisoners: The Emblem of Democratic Restoration (March 1985); The Long and Winding Road to Amnesty (Jurisdictional Conflict, Government Stalling, and a Joint Opposition Human Rights’ Proposal; Open Confrontation with the Judiciary and the First Colorado Amnesty Project; Explaining the Government’s Attitude: The Voice of the Deliberating Soldier; The Blanco’s Last Stand; The Re-Constitution of the Traditional Bi-Partisan Alliance: The Blanco Impunity Law, November 1986–December 1986; Civil Society Responds: The Nunca Mas Report and the Referendum Campaign); and Conclusions.

Keywords: amnesty; bi-partisan alliance; Blanco Impunity Law; civil society; confrontation; democratic restoration; human rights; jurisdictional conflict; justice; referendum campaign; successor democratic regimes; truth and justice; Uruguay

Chapter.  11368 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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