A few days before the 40th anniversary of the coup d ‘ Augusto Pinochet on September 11, the Association of Judges of Chile apologized for not having ensured the protection of citizens during the dictatorship. “The time has come to apologize to the victims, their families and the Chilean society,” said the judges in a historical statement.
The results of the Pinochet dictatorship is approximately 3,200 deaths and more than 38,000 people tortured between 1973 and 1990, as advanced by associations for the defense of human rights Chilean figures. During this period, the national courts have rejected a 5000 lawsuit claiming the missing persons illegally detained by the regime, saying they had no information about it. “We need to recognize and say clearly and forcefully: the judiciary – and, in particular, the Supreme Court at the time – has failed in its duty as guarantor of human rights and protection of victims from abuse of State, “said the Association of Judges.
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