The trial against Augusto Pinochet in Spain and his arrest in London ignited expectations that justice was possible in Chile. The subsequent initiation in Chile of criminal proceedings against Pinochet, and specifically his indictment for the Caravan of Death case revitalized old cases and motivated attorneys to file new ones. Since 1999, attorneys in Santiago and throughout the country have filed more than 500 criminal complaints related to human rights violations.

 

 

The strides gained in Chilean courts appear meager considering victims' longings for justice but are substantial when compared to other post-dictatorial nations. The gains achieved in Chile have come about largely as a result of the foresight of victims’ families and human rights organizations who, during dictatorship, gathered evidence that would bear fruit in an uncertain future when a constitutional state was restored in Chile.

Prompted by the new judicial outlook, a group of human rights law professionals formed the non-governmental organization Memoria y Justicia to coordinate efforts, exchange legal perspectives and share information related to national and international law.

The attorneys of Memoria y Justicia reaffirm their commitment to the principle of "No to Impunity" within Chile and, internationally, support the creation of the International Penal Court.

The following lawyers formed the Memoria y JusticiaCorporation on December 22, 2000: Fabiola Letelier, Alfonso Insunza, Hugo Gutierrez, Julia Urquieta, Eduardo Contreras, Adil Brkovic, Boris Paredes, and Hiram Villagra. Subsequently, lawyers Sergio Concha and Juan Subercaseaux

In Memoria y Justicia the criminal complaints against Pinochet serve as a medium from which to explore the historic context and legal foundations of human rights in Chile. Conceived for a broad public of diverse interests in human rights, the web page offers the possibility to delve in greater depth via links to sources from judicial documents and analysis by the attorneys. It is also a space for information on the latest breaking developments in the human rights field in Chile.

In Memoria y Justicia the past is connected to the present. Only by confronting the events that mark us as nation and as individuals — keeping memory alive and demanding justice — will it be possible to heal the wounds of the past and build a counterbalance to neo-liberalism where respect for the fundamental rights of people reigns over mercantile considerations.

Coordinator
Fabiola Letelier

Journalist
Maxine Lowy

Design
Andrea Carter

Artwork

Home Page: Gracia Barrios (Courtesy of Salvador Allende Solidarity Museum)

Reclaiming Memory Page and Networks of Complicity Page: Carlos Lizama

This web site was made possible by an initial grant from the World Council of Churches and is maintained thanks to the Ayuda Popular Noruega Ecuador foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

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