|Human Rights Introduction
Latin American Dictatorships end (Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay)
1983 With corruption, a failing economy, a growing public awareness of the harsh repressive measures taken by the regime, and defeat in the Falklands War, the public image of Argentina?s military governement deteriorated. Reynaldo Bignone, the last President of the regime, was forced to call elections. On 30th October Raúl Alfonsín was democratically elected. Alfonsín began his administration by fulfilling campaign promises, such as repealing Bignone's blanket amnesty for those guilty of human rights abuses, and revoking the decree authorising wiretapping without a warrant.
1984 In Uruguay massive protests against military rule broke out. After a 24-hour general strike, talks began and the armed forces announced a plan for return to civilian rule. National elections followed, and Julio María Sanguinetti won the presidency. His administration implemented economic reforms, and consolidated democratisation.
1989 Having served for 35 years, Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner was ousted in a military coup by Andrés Rodríguez. Rodríguez went on to cancel Stroessner's most repressive measures, abolish the death penalty, and to try and imprison some leading members of the Stroessner government. He then called elections and was democratically elected.