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30 years after coup in Chile, justice still possible: Human Rights Watch

Chile must now hold accountable those responsible for gross human rights violations under military rule, Human Rights Watch said ahead of the 30th anniversary of the coup that overthrew elected socialist president Salvador Allende. More than 300 military and police officials implicated in human rights violations under the 1973-1990 government of General Augusto Pinochet are facing criminal proceedings. Many are being held in detention pending trial. Among the defendants are twenty-two generals, and forty colonels and lieutenant colonels, HRW said. “The thirtieth anniversary of the military coup comes at a time when hopes are high that justice will finally be achieved in Chile,” said Jose Miguel Vivanco, executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Americas Division. Full Story

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