Torture and violence were used as mechanisms to control political conflicts or to deter the actions of opposition. They were similar to the prisons of Argentina in regards to condition and structure but the detention centers could deny if a captive was being retained there. This gave the captors more freedom for torture or to kill the captives. Most disappeared people were eventually murdered and their bodies were either buried in unmarked graves, incinerated or disposed into the sea. Relatives of the "disappeared" for many years following the abductions demanded solely for truth about the fate of the "disappeared".
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Its content cannot be described as enjoyable, but what kept me going was its purpose. I would not look for literary value in something that is called a report. Its purpose was to investigated the desaparecidos and other human rights violations that happened during the previous military Rating this book is as difficult as reading it.
All these centres were identified with the help of people that were illegally detained there. Some of them were demolished and some of them were still being used for different purposes.
The report explains the way victims were arrested in their homes or in public places. Most of the times the number of the people carrying on such an operative vastly exceeded the number of people being placed under detention.
Nobody was safe from the repressive forces. These forced disappearances affected all layers of society. The report is backed by fragments of the testimonies of the witnesses.
By reading them, we can all become more empathic and learn that we should respect other groups of people and their opinions. All I could think while reading was how painful it must have been both for the people working for CONADEP to listen to all the testimonies and for the victims that had to remember this painful part of their past. Although the commission had limited time and resources, they managed to create a comprehensive report and put together files to be used in bringing the culprits to justice.
The work of the commission was supported by several international organizations, by the Argentine people and by local organizations such as Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo.
Nunca Más: The Report of the Argentine National Commission on the Disappeared
Comisión Nacional sobre la Desaparición de Personas
National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons