In the 1960s and the 1970s, in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and many other Central and South American countries, a number of coups brought to power some military leaders and violent dictatorship. These coups, and the regimes that followed, had different peculiarities. Yet, they all shared the same pattern against opponents, who were tortured, sentenced to death without trial, and made to disappear into thin air.
In this context, the Righteous have denounced the tragedy of the desaparecidos, have
protested against their loved ones' disappearance or killing in barracks used as torture
centers. The Righteous, in sum, were men and women who were not indifferent to
what was happening in their country or who acted following a "diplomacy of good".