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Promotion of the Political Opening in Cuba


Closed Memory The complicity of the Cuban revolution with the Argentine military dictatorship

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By Gabriel C. Salvia

The Memory, Truth and Justice policy regarding human rights violations and state terrorism during the last military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983) finds, among its exceptions, the relations during that period with the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. There are several documented examples of this de facto alliance between a communist dictatorship, the Cuban one, and an extreme right-wing and anticommunist dictatorship, the Argentine one; and since it is excluded by the traditional human rights organizations from the Memory, their partial use of it becomes evident, as does something that very few dare to question them: their biased view with anti-democratic characteristics.

Gabriel C. Salvia
Gabriel C. Salvia
General Director of CADAL
International human rights activist. Since 1992 he has served as director of Civil Society Organizations and is a founding member of CADAL. As a journalist he worked in graphics, radio and TV. Compiled several books, among them "Diplomacy and Human Rights in Cuba" (2011), "Human rights in international relations and foreign policy" (2021) and "75 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Views from Cuba" (2023), and he is the author of "Dancing for a mirage: notes on politics, economics and diplomacy in the governments of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner" (2017). He is also the author of several reports, including " The chairs of the Council: authoritarianism and democracies in the evolution of the integration of the UN Human Rights body" and "Memory closed: The complicity of the Cuban revolution with the Argentine military dictatorship".

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