John Fell Fund awarded to LAC Researcher Francesca Lessa to study Plan Condor

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Dr Francesca Lessa has been awarded a John Fell OUP Research Fund for her new project titled “Justice and Memory beyond Borders: The Plan Condor and Accountability in Argentina and Uruguay.”

The project will run between 2013 and 2014 and focuses on Plan Condor, a secret transnational network of intelligence and counterinsurgency operations set up by the 1970s dictatorships of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil, to target political opponents who had sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

The project aims to offer insights into the possibilities of achieving justice for past human rights violations in Argentina and Uruguay in a context of overall impunity regarding atrocities. The project goes beyond the existing scholarship, looking at the regional element of the political repression in addition to what was taking place inside individual countries, to show how there existed a border-less area of terror in the 1970s and 1980s. Repression was not limited to specific countries but amounted to a regional project of persecution of political opponents. The focal point of the project is the new Plan Condor trial that began in Buenos Aires in March 2013 and is expected to last two years.