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Last month, the government of President Sebastián Piñera of Chile issued rules that could seriously undermine access to legal abortion in the country.
 The rules issued by the Health Ministry, which modify the ones issued under former President…
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Last month, President Michelle Bachelet of Chile introduced a bill in Congress that appears to be a reaction to the recent release, in Peru, of the former autocratic President Alberto Fujimori. The proposal limits the early release of people convicted of…
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Last week, the rights group Derechos Digitales released the text of a worrying draft decree, signed by President Michelle Bachelet in June, that could greatly increase intrusive government access to personal data. The decree, which still needs to be…
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On November 2, the Chilean Senate adopted a resolution urging the Bachelet administration to support the Vatican’s efforts to mediate the Venezuelan crisis, and to seek a special OAS session to evaluate Venezuela's compliance with the Inter-American…
Aerial view of St. Peter's square in the Vatican.
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Washington, D.C., June 26, 2014   Hector Timerman, Foreign Affairs Minister of Argentina Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Foreign Affairs Minister of Brazil Heraldo Muñoz, Foreign Affairs Minister of Chile María Ángela Holguín, Foreign Affairs Minister of…
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Honorable Camilo Escalona Medina, Presidente del Senado Honorable Nicolás Monckeberg Díaz, Presidente de la Cámara de Diputados ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Honorable Hernán Larraín Fernández, Presidente de la Comisión de Constitución, Legislación, Justicia y…
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On October 16, 1998, London police arrested General Pinochet on a warrant from a Spanish judge for human rights crimes.     In the ten years since, the world has become a smaller place for brutal despots. Indeed, today a former dictator accused of…
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John Laughland suggests that human rights organisations, including Human Rights Watch, are more concerned about the conviction of former heads of state than about them getting fair trials. Nothing could be further from the truth. (Fujimori's trial could…
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A casual visitor to the drab committee room in the British Parliament building where the fate of General Augusto Pinochet was decided during five weeks in 1998 and 1999 might have been excused for missing the case's historical significance. The law lords…
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(Brussels) - General Augusto Pinochet died without standing trial. But justice caught up with him in every other sense. Indeed, the "Pinochet precedent" has made the world a smaller place for the perpetrators of the worst atrocities. For years after…
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Seven months after the United Nations General Assembly created a Human Rights Council to replace the much-maligned Commission on Human Rights, the new council already has garnered a level of condemnation that its predecessor took decades to achieve. Much…
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The decision by a Chilean appeal court on Friday to strip former dictator Augusto Pinochet of his immunity, in order to face a new trial for human rights atrocities, was as unexpected as it was welcome. The astonishment was palpable, when lawyers,…