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May 21, 2015 2:49 pm

Argentinian War Veterans Claiming Antisemitic Abuse Take Case to International Court

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Mario Volpe, president of the CECIM association, said his association asked an inter-American court to rule whether or not the Argentinian government violated the rights of former soldiers. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

Head of the Islas Malvinas' War Veterans Centre Mario Volpe. Photo: Screenshot.

Argentinian veterans of the 1982 Falklands War who have accused military officers of antisemitic abuse during the conflict will take their case to an international appeals court, The Telegraph reported on Thursday.

“Because I was Jewish they made me eat food off the floor, mixed with human feces. They tied me to stakes and made my comrades urinate on me,” war veteran Silvio Katz said Wednesday at a press conference. “Every day I wake up trying to find an explanation so I can tell my children why the judiciary doesn’t want to listen to me.”

The CECIM Falklands’ veterans association has gathered around 150 complaints from war veterans against their officers during Argentina’s war with Britain over the Falklands. The former servicemen allege antisemitic abuse, beatings, sexual violence, the use of electric shocks and tactics that immobilized them when punishment cells were unavailable, the Telegraph said.

The case moved to international appeals court after Argentina’s Supreme Court in February refused to consider the alleged offenses as “crimes against humanity,” a ruling that upheld a lower court’s 2009 decision. Argentina’s highest court said the statue of limitations for the alleged offenses had expired.

Mario Volpe, president of the CECIM association, said his organization has now asked the inter-American court of human rights to decide if Argentina has stripped the former soldiers of “the right of access to justice  and right to the truth.”

Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said she had to respect the court ruling due to her official role but urged the CECIM association to appeal to the court associated with the Organization of American States, according to the Telegraph.

“I hope you go to the Inter-American Court; I’m sure you will be listened to,” she said.

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