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Part II
The Victims

Nunca Más (Never Again) - Report of Conadep  - 1984


F. Conscripts

The depositions presented to this Commission referring to soldiers and conscripts who disappeared were of special significance, both because of the large number of depositions and their characteristics.

It is necessary to analyse the situation of these Young conscripts, most of whom were not more than eighteen years old.

1. In the first place they had been entrusted by their parents to the most senior commanders in the military service where they were enrolled.

2. At the same time, at the moment of embarking on military service, an administrative relationship was formally established between the young soldiers and the State that implied rights and duties that had to be fulfilled by both parties: by the soldier and by each branch of the Armed Services and their respective commanders-in-chief. It was a fundamental duty of the latter that they could never be ignorant or uninformed about what was happening to soldiers under their command.

3. Furthermore, all the activities of conscripts take place under, and are in the total and permanent control of, their superiors. Thus, in considering them to be involved in actions outside the law, the Armed Forces had all the legal means at their disposal to sanction the presumed lawbreaker legally.




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