Portrait Elisabeth Käsemann

Since the late 1990s foreign governments have become involved in the quest for a judicial investigation into the dictatorships of Latin America because many of the victims were foreign citizens with dual nationality. Several countries, including Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, and Spain, have been issuing international arrest warrants, requesting the extradition of those who were responsible for the killing of their citizens. Argentina was the first Latin American country to decide on a comprehensive judicial inquiry into its own past. Victim assistance organizations, human rights groups, and the judiciary in Argentina do, however, appreciate the legal support from abroad and share a solidarity with the foreign victims.


The violation of human rights is not a national affair. Since the late 1990s this has been recognized by law with the creation of the International Criminal Court that is now based in The Hague. A cross-border judicial process, however, is only the first step in achieving worldwide punishment of crimes against humanity. The second step is to commemorate the committed murder and torture in an transnational dialog and thereby to promote democratic awareness and to protect human rights in present and future.