Human rights in Uruguay

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Human rights are comprehensively guaranteed in Uruguay, one of South America's most traditional democracies.[1]

Uruguay is signatory to all relevant international human rights instruments.

Women were granted the right to vote in the first half of the 20th century; then the first occasion was on a local plebiscite in Cerro Chato (1927), they were able to vote in the 1938 general elections.[2]

Uruguay endured 12 years of dictatorship, a period in which several individual rights were suspended and many crimes against humanity were committed. Democracy was hard-fought and recovered in 1985, although the re-institutionalization process was not without problems. In 1985 was passed a law granting amnesty to people who had been prosecuted by the dictatorship due to ideological reasons; and at the end of 1986, another law granted amnesty to the military.

In 2012 the National Institution for Human Rights (Spanish: Institución Nacional de Derechos Humanos, acronym INDDHH) was established.[3]

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