Servicio Paz y Justicia

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The organization Servicio Paz y Justicia (The Peace and Justice Service) is human right organization. The Peace and Justice Service (SERPAJ) was founded in 1974 by 1980 Peace Nobel Laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel. SERPAJ is very interested in the work of the Truth and human rights in South America and in the world. SERPAJ want to emphasize the importance of truth and justice in the process of democracy building.

After making much progress towards justice, e.g. the 1985 trial against the military junta, Argentina later opened the door to impunity with several amnesty laws and decree. Thus those responsible for gross human rights violations avoided trial and have since walked free on the streets along with their fallen victims. The organisation Servicio Paz y Justicia, is a well-established one. Latin America is divided into three regions, each with its own offices, and under these come the national organisations. Their activities are co-ordinated from leader Pérez Esquivel’s office in Buenos Aires. The organisation is based on a Christian view of life, and enjoys close contact with clergy and bishops critical of present-day conditions in Latin America. The chief task of the movement is to promote respect for human rights, a phrase that is intended to include social and economic rights. On the practical level this means that Servicio provides assistance to the rural workers in their struggle for land, and to the trade unions in their struggle to protect the rights of their workers. Leader of Servicio Paz y Justicia, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980. (Read more on Servicio Paz y Justicia).

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