"The Condor Trials" by Francesca Lessa

The Condor Trials Transnational Repression and Human Rights in South America Francesca Lessa

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
26 Jul 2022
ISBN:
9780300254099
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
384 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
7 b-w illus.

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Stories of transnational terror and justice illuminate the past and present of South America’s struggles for human rights.

Through the voices of survivors, human rights activists, judicial actors, and experts, The Condor Trials unravels the secrets of transnational repression masterminded by South American dictators between 1969 and 1981. Under Operation Condor, the regimes of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay closely monitored hundreds of exiles and kidnapped, tortured, murdered, or forcibly returned them to their countries of origin. This cross-border network designed to silence opposition in exile transformed South America into a borderless zone of terror and impunity. Francesca Lessa shows how, gradually, transnational networks of activists materialized and effectively transcended national borders to achieve justice for the victims of these horrors. Based on extensive fieldwork, archival research, trial ethnography, and over 100 interviews, The Condor Trials explores South America’s past and present and sheds light on ongoing struggles for justice as its societies come to terms with the unparalleled atrocities of their not-so-distant pasts.

Francesca Lessa is a lecturer in Latin American studies and development at the Department of International Development and the School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford. She is also the honorary president of the Observatorio Luz Ibarburu (Uruguay).