An initiative designed for the benefit of those who committed human rights violations during the dictatorship of Pinochet was stopped.

Thursday 6 June 2013

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Authorship: Luis Jerez.

Editorial and Canal: Latin American Association for Radio-phone Education (Asociación Latinoamericana de Educación Radiofónica) (ALER).

Type of document: Article.

Language: Spanish.

Theme: Justice.

Keywords: Corruption, State crimes, Human rights, Justice, Political power.

Countries and Regions: Chile.

In Chile, the Chamber of Deputies stopped, for now, a draft law drafted to grant benefits for those engaged in human rights violations during the dictatorship headed by Augusto Pinochet that would have allowed them to serve their sentence in freedom.

The draft law was seen as an attempt to grant amnesty to human rights violators, but one its promoters is a Deputy from the pro-government party La Unión Demócrata Independiente (UDI), Jorge Ulloa, who said it was only trying to provide equality of justice for all, including those sanctioned for human rights violations during the dictatorship of Pinochet.

For the leaders of political parties, who endured persecution after the military coup d’état by Augusto Pinochet, this draft law, presented by two deputies from a pro-government party, was clearly trying to grant amnesty to human rights violators. This was said by the president of the Communist Party of Chile, Guillermo Tellier, when expressing that they continue not acknowledging the truth in many cases of executions and torture.

The intention of this draft law was to remit the sentences imposed to those charged with several crimes that took place in the period from September 11, 1973 to March 10, 1990, aside of granting a parole to those convicted in these causes.

The draft law was declared unconstitutional by the Senate constitution committee, due to problems of a formal nature, as explained by the Deputy Jorge Burgos, and also since it contravenes international treaties related to human rights.

The initiative, trying to benefit condemned military and civil people for human rights violations during the dictatorship headed by Pinochet, was stopped for the time being, but should be send to the Chamber of Deputies where it might continue its course.

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