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AIPR Statement on International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

August 30, 2014, marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Enforced or involuntary disappearances continue to occur in regions across the globe at an alarming rate. Each and every disappearance represents a gross violation of both the victim and the victim’s family, who oftentimes never learn the true fate of their loved one. Disappearances violate a range of human rights, including the right to security, dignity, humane conditions of detention, a fair trial and if the person is murdered, the right to life.

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AIPR Celebrates Recovery of Missing Grandson Number 114

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – August 6, 2014 – Estela de Carlotto, founder of Argentinian human rights group Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, announced yesterday that she has recovered her grandson after more than three decades of tireless searching. Ms. Carlotto has spoken at an AIPR alumni meeting, local genocide prevention seminars and at the launching the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. She is a tireless fighter for the truth about the identity of hundreds of newborns stolen and illegally adopted during the civil-military dictatorship in Argentina from 1976-83. Carlotto’s grandson is the 114th to be found by Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo.

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Waller Outlines How Ordinary People Can Commit Genocide

BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS – On Thursday, July 24, 2014, Auschwitz Institute’s Academic Programs Director James Waller delivered a lecture to approximately 40 middle and high school teachers on how ordinary people can become perpetrators of genocide. “To explain behavior is not to excuse the behavior,” said Waller. “To understand is not to forgive.”

The lecture was organized by Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO) as part of a weeklong workshop for U.S. history, world history, humanities, and English language arts teachers from the New England region.

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