Human rights in Uruguay
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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; the first occasion was on a local plebiscite in Cerro Chato (1927), then they were able to vote in the 1938 general elections.
Uruguay endured 12 years of dictatorship, a terrible 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.
- Human Rights Watch webpage on Uruguay
- Amnesty International annual report on Uruguay, 2013
- Amnesty International Uruguay (Spanish)
- U.S. Department of State Country Report on Religious Freedom in Uruguay, 2013
- IFEX: Freedom of expression in Uruguay
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