Elimination of opposition groups or individuals
Other Names: Suppression of opposition
Exclusion of context questioning
Nature: Opposition groups or individuals are often killed in order to eliminate movements critical of the regime. The victims may be trade-unionists, professionals, or simply those suspected of opposition. They may be assassinated in the streets, or abducted and subsequently found dead - often showing signs of torture. Even though these actions may be taken by 'death squads' with whom the government claims no association, there is often evidence to suggest governmental complicity.
Problem Type: C: Cross-sectoral problems
Date of last update 08.02.1997 – 00:00 CET