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Uruguay will pay $513,000 to Child of Disappeared

January 25, 2012 By Staff

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Top Story — Uruguayan President José Mujica approved a $513,000 settlement to be paid to Macarena Gelman, who was kidnapped along with her disappeared parents during the 1973-1985 Uruguayan dictatorship. The settlement is one component of a decision handed down by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights last year, which stipulated that Uruguay must pursue investigations into the forced disappearance of Gelman’s mother, who at 19 was taken from a notorious torture center in Argentina to Uruguay in order to give birth to her daughter in 1976 and was never seen again. The same IACHR decision called on Uruguay to end its 1986 amnesty law and pursue prosecutions against the perpetrators of dictatorship-era human rights abuses. Macarena Gelman was adopted shortly after her birth and located decades later by her paternal grandfather, the Argentine poet Juan Gelman. While her father’s remains were located, the fate of Gelman’s mother is still unknown.

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