FORCED DISSAPEARANCE

Andrés Núñez Leites


Enforced disappearance, be it carried out by anyone, is an action against humanity. It destroys communities and its effects are transgenerational.

A country can resolve an amnesty for murderers (be they left or right), but it makes a serious mistake if it resolves to forget or leave them unpunished. Enforced disappearance is a permanent crime because it continues to terrorize the children and grandchildren of the disappeared and society as a whole, which finds itself in the position of having to accept that the State has in fact the possibility of killing a member of any family and not even return the remains.

Enforced disappearance threatens peace. Those who say: "You have to turn the page" without justice, threaten peace. Because even in war there are rules, or should be, at least among educated and noble peoples. And one of the most sacred, for all the pious, is to allow the duel of fallen enemies.

The forced disappearance of people was thought of as a psychological and political technique to immobilize the enemy side, plunging it into horror.

Perhaps at some point we can give ourselves the possibility of fighting ourselves politically but limiting our own power. Perhaps ethics can become an aesthetic of life and humanity, a way of making life more beautiful.