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(Santiago de Chile, November 26, 2019) – Chilean authorities should overhaul the police force in the wake of compelling evidence of excessive use of force and serious abuses against demonstrators, Human Rights Watch said today. Starting on October 18,…
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Seeking justice for the ongoing grave human rights abuses in Syria has proven largely elusive. Now the shield of impunity is beginning to crack.
 Several countries, including Sweden, Germany, and France are in the process of investigating some…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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Refugee Crisis and Universal Jurisdiction Cases in Europe

What’s the basis for European courts to try atrocities committed in Syria and Iraq? What is universal jurisdiction? Does universal jurisdiction mean that every country can investigate any grave international crime committed in Syria and Iraq? What…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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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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Bringing their tormentors to book is an important way for victims to recover their dignity

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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In a landmark case, the Chilean Supreme Court announced on September 21 its decision to extradite former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori to Peru to face trial for human rights abuses. Fujimori is charged in the killings of 25 people in two separate…
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Chile's extradition of former president Alberto Fujimori back to Peru to stand trial on allegations of death squad killings and corruption shows that the world is becoming a smaller place for people who commit atrocities. Until recently, if you killed one…
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(New York) – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet made the case for Chile’s membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council during a visit to Human Rights Watch’s New York headquarters today. “We believe that Chile has something to say and something…
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Former Peruvian President to Face Charges for Role in Massacres

(Santiago) – The Chilean Supreme Court’s decision to extradite former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori to Peru to face trial for human rights abuses is welcome and unprecedented, said Human Rights Watch today. Human Rights Watch noted that this is the…
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Judge’s Ruling Ignores Critical Evidence

(Washington, DC) — The ruling by Chilean Judge Orlando Alvarez denying Peru’s request for the extradition of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is fundamentally flawed, Human Rights Watch said today. The decision made on July 11, 2007 cannot be…
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On June 7, the Chilean Supreme Court’s chief prosecutor recommended the extradition of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, who is charged in Peru with murder, torture, and forced disappearances, as well as with multiple charges of corruption and…
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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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On October 31 former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested and charged with torture, a landmark step toward justice for the thousands of victims who were tortured thirty years ago under his regime. Through reports, op-eds, press releases, and…
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Decision on Peruvian Ex-President’s Extradition from Chile Is Imminent

(Washington, DC) – Today the Chilean judge overseeing the extradition proceedings for former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori closed the investigative period when parties are allowed to present evidence, but Fujimori has failed to respond to evidence…
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(Washington, DC) – The arrest of former dictator Augusto Pinochet, who for the first time faces prosecution for torture, is a milestone in the struggle for justice in Chile, Human Rights Watch said today. Pinochet is charged with the torture of 23 people…
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Peru’s Ex-President Must Face Extradition

(New York) – Chile must minimize the risk that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori will flee Chile to avoid his extradition to Peru on charges of corruption and human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Yesterday Fujimori was released…
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Probable Cause Evidence Implicating
 Fujimori I.
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 Background: The Fujimori Government Control
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 of the Press III.
 Five Cases and the Evidence 1.
 La Cantuta/Barrios Altos 2.
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Evidence Justifies Former President’s Extradition to Peru

(Santiago) — A body of evidence implicating former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori in serious human rights crimes and corruption warrants his extradition from Chile to Peru, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. “Fujimori has…