The Argentinean Secretary of State for human rights, Eduardo Luis Duhalde, announced on 9 June the creation of a special search unit charged with finding the children who disappeared during the military dictatorship of Jorge Videla (1976-1983).
An estimated 500 children were kidnapped from parents suspected of being political opponents. Only 77 have been identified to date. This is the latest measure in the Argentinean government's task of documenting this sombre period. Parliament has already repealed the amnesty laws that protected the former torturers of the dictatorship. The news has been welcomed by the association of Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who are fighting to trace those who disappeared.