MONTEVIDEO – President-elect Tabare Vazquez announced Friday the creation of a Truth and Justice Task Force to investigate the crimes of the military regime that ruled Uruguay from 1973-1985.
Surrounded by lawmakers, religious leaders and victims’ relatives, Vazquez said the goal will be “to work on the issue of Uruguayan citizens who were disappeared,” estimated to number more than 200.
The establishment of the task force “responds to ethical, moral, deep and humanistic reasons in our society to keep searching for truth and justice on this subject that is so sensitive for Uruguayans,” Vazquez told a press conference.
“We have a formal commitment (on this issue) both as a political force and on a personal level,” Vazquez said adding the task force will become official after March 1, when he will be sworn-in for a five-year term.
Vazquez said the commission “will try to advance further on what has been investigated so far.”
The Task Force will be small to make its workings more dynamic.
Members will include individuals with personal connections to the issue, among them two ruling-party lawmakers whose parents were slain by the military regime and its allies in the 1976-1983 Argentine junta.
The panel will include also representatives of the families of disappeared people and of other groups who suffered persecution under the military dictatorship.