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Uruguay: Congress adopts landmark law to tackle impunity

27 October 2011 The Uruguayan government has revoked a controversial 1986 law that shielded officials from prosecution for crimes against humanity. The Uruguayan Congress adopted a law early today that marks an important step toward justice for the many victims of gross human rights violations during the country’s military rule, Amnesty International said today. The new law eliminates the effects of the 1986 Amnesty Law (also known as Expiry Law), which protected police and military personnel from being prosecuted for human rights violations, and repeals a statute of limitations that…

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