Discreet Path to Justice?

Chile, Thirty Years After the Military Coup

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While Chile has taken impressive steps forward on justice and accountability since 1998, the underpinnings of accountability remain fragile. This briefing provides an overview of recent developments. After a brief discussion of the Pinochet case, it analyzes the status of dozens of other court cases addressing past human rights crimes, highlighting prosecutions that resulted in convictions notwithstanding the amnesty decree. It concludes with an examination of justice proposals put forward by the government of President Ricardo Lagos and the state of civil-military relations in Chile today.

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