The president of Argentina’s human rights organization Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Linea Fundadora, Marta Vasquez, died at 90 years old in the city of Buenos Aires.
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The organization reported Vasquez had died at 6:00 am local time, in a statement published on its blog. She had been previously hospitalized for a few days with pneumonia, according to Taty Almeida, also a leader of the organization.
Vasquez had searched for 40 years for her daughter Maria Marta Vasquez Ocampo, who was pregnant when she was taken away during the military dictatorship in Argentina, along with her husband on May 14, 1976.
According to witnesses, Vasquez’ grandson was born in 1977 inside the Clandestine Detention Center of the School of Mechanics of the Army, ESMA. Until her death, she couldn’t find any information on her relatives.
The organization invited people to join the memorial service "to give her our farewell, and at the same time promise her that we will continue, with firmness and joy together with organizations throughout the Americas, working for truth and constitutional Justice."
"It is and will always be our most complete tribute to the beloved Marta Vasquez," said the statement.
Marta Vazquez President of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Founding Line. We lose another mother that our country gave to the great story of our people.
The beloved Marta Vazquez, President of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, Linea Fundadora died. Hasta Siempre, another one that goes with the 30,000. I send a hug to her family and all her comrades.
"With great sorrow, we bid farewell to the dear Marta Vasquez, president of Mothers Linea Fundadora." former president and Senator-elect, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, wrote on Twitter. "Your struggle and commitment: an example of life."
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Vasquez also led the Latin American Federation of Relatives of the Disappeared, Fedefam, and sought to get approved at the United Nations the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons against Enforced Disappearances in December 2006.
Due to her work for justice, she was elected in 1986 as "Outstanding Personality of Human Rights" by the Buenos Aires legislative branch.
She also participated in the weekly marches on Thursdays around the Plaza de Mayo, located in the capital, and endured several acts of police violence to evict them from the square
The group of the Linea Fundadora is independent of the Association of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo but also represents the mothers’ continue search for children taken away during the dictatorship between 1976 and 1983.