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Home News Organizing Updates March 19 - 30, 2006: Human Rights Delegation to Uruguay & Argentina
March 19 - 30, 2006: Human Rights Delegation to Uruguay & Argentina PDF Print E-mail
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    Highlights:

  • Meet with Uruguayan and Argentine government officials to urge that no more soldiers be sent to the SOA/WHINSEC
  • Meet with SOA Watch leaders Carlos Mauricio, Lisa Sullivan Rodriguez and Father Roy Bourgeois who are part of a separate trip to Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia to campaign for Latin American countries to stop sending students to the SOA/WHINSEC
  • Commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Argentine military coup, March 24, 2006
  • Meet peace, human rights activists and family members of the disappeared
  • Learn of worker cooperatives, economic justice struggles & environmental movements
  • Discover how independent media in Uruguay and Argentina play an important role in the movement for justice and peace

    Delegation Participants sought:

    Those interested or involved in the campaign to close the SOA/WHNISEC; students, educators, those wanting to support and learn about the human rights and demilitarization struggle in the Southern Cone, environmental and economic justice advocates, supporters of worker cooperatives, independ-ent media enthusiasts.

    Overview:

    In Uruguay, the group will meet with members of human rights and nonviolent movements, particularly SERPAJ, the Service for Peace and Justice, and family members of the disappeared. We will get an update on the hemispheric campaign, particularly Paraguay and Chile, to urge governments not to send soldiers to the SOA/WHINSEC. Meetings will also be held with leaders of the Frente Amplio government, which came to power in March 2005, the first time in over 120 years that the traditional Blanco and Colorado parties are out of power. We will seek to follow up on meetings held with the Ministers of Defense and Interior by a human rights delegation in January 2005. We hope Uruguay will follow the example of Venezuela to officially not send more students to the SOA/WHISC.

    In Argentina, we will mark the 30 years since the military dictator-ship (1976-82) led by SOA grads Galtieri and Viola came to power. We?ll participate in public ceremonies accompanied by human rights leaders, activists and artists revealing how militarism ruled this country and how courageous efforts overcame it. We will meet with Patricia Isasa, who endured kid-napping, torture and imprisonment at the age of 16. Participants will attend an event to launch her new foundation that will support other victims of the ?Dirty War?, end impunity and track down SOA grads in Argentina. We will stay in a worker owned hotel and learn about other struggles for economic justice since the IMF/World Bank triggered fall in 2001. We will learn about the impact of the People?s Summit in Mar del Plata, Argentina in November 2005 and the protest against the Free Trade Area of the Americas. Tentative plans include travel north to department of Santa F?.

    Cost from Uruguay:

    $1200** includes 2 meals a day & hotel costs, in-country transportation, translation, program setup, and honorariums for local community-based groups that participants visit with. $200 more for single room option. $250 non-refundable deposit is due Feb.1, 2006. Final payment due Feb. 28, 2006. Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their travel to Montevideo, Uruguay, arriving March 18 and return from Buenos Aires, Argentina March 31.

    ** Late applications accepted on a space-available basis.

    Contact:

    For questions or applications:
    Dale Sorensen, Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas
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    Telephone: 415-924-3227




    Co-Sponsors: Nonviolence International, Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas, Global Exchange, School of the Americas Watch
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