Chile acts on Pinochet’s’ ‘se­cret tor­ture’

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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

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