Chile acts on Pinochet’s’ ‘secret torture’
A SUBTLE form of torture in Chile still prevents people from receiving justice for crimes committed under Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, says the country’s Undersecretary of Human Rights, Lorena Fries.
Tthe country complies with international human rights standards, but the lack of truth and information about many of the victims of Pinochet’s dictatorship is hindering true justice, she said.
Fries will therefore be developing and implementing a National Human Rights Plan for four years where all parties can safely dialogue. The plan will look at the application of truth and justice in relation to the violations committed during the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990).
This, Fries argued, is a necessary first step so that the courts of justice may know the extent of each case it deals with. With more than 40000 victims under Pinochet’s military dictatorship, including at least 3 000 dead or missing, details are vital.
Chile’s recently created Undersecretariat for Human Rights, is seeking to lift the secrecy shrouding testimonies and documents thanks to an amnesty law Pinochet exploited. Telesur