Pinochet Trial Discussion List
Criminal Procedures Against Pinochet in Spain
Augusto Pinochet came to power in Chile in 1973, after deposing democratically-elected President Allende through a violent coup d'etat. It thus began a period of brutal repression at the hands of the armed and intelligence forces operating under the orders of Pinochet. Thousands of people were murdered or "disappeared", taken to concentration camps and brutally tortured; hundreds of thousands were arrested or had to seek exile abroad.
Pinochet exported the repression to other countries through "Operation Condor" - a plan of mutual cooperation among intelligence agencies of different South American countries. Chilean exilees in Argentina, Paraguya and other countries were thus persecuted and killed by Chilean forces.
While impunity (consagrated in the so-called "self-amnesty law" and the appointment of Pinochet as "senator-for-life") rules in Chile, the struggle for truth and justice continues. Given the practical impossibility of having Pinochet tried in Chile for the crimes against humanity he has committed, alternatives were sought in other countries. The Spanish courts were the first to accept their legal and moral obligations under international law and initiate investigations aobut the responsability of Pinochet and other Chilean and Argentinian military for crimes against humanity. It is a difficult road, and one full of political obstacles. We trust, however, that truth and justice will finally win the day.
Equipo Nizkor, in collaboration with the Allende Foundation, United Left and Chilean, Spanish and
Argentinian human rights groups, has been key in the planning and carrying out of the procedures in Spain against
Pinochet. In these pages, we offer some of the legal information on the trial, as well as urgent actions and other
Much more information is available in the Spanish pages.
October 8, 1999
April 15, 1999
March 24, 1999
Reasons. Jan. 15, 1999
Nov. 25, 1998
28 oct 1998
London, October 1998
Summary of the Legal Procedures and Judicial Decisions
Derechos HR - October 1998
20 Sept 1998
Maintained by Margarita Lacabe and Gregorio Dionis.
Urgent Actions! | Legal Proceedings | Information | Analyses | Declarations | Links Update of the situation after the failure of the arbitration proposal as a solution to the Pinochet case
Spanish and Chilean Foreign Ministers accused of deliberate obstruction to justice
Aug 4, 1999
March 29, 1999
Pinochet Must be Extradited to Spain!
Urgent Action - 27 Jan 1999
Help Extradite Pinochet!
Urgent Action - 20 October 1998
Letter to President Aznar from the lawyers representing the popular accusation in the Pinochet case
July 20, 1999
Special report on the preparation and development of General Augusto Pinochet's detention and Spanish judges' ruling recognizing the principle of universal criminal jurisdiction for domestic courts.
Equipo Nizkor, Madrid, November 5, 1998
The Criminal Procedures against Chilean and Argentinian Repressors in Spain
A Short Summary
Derechos HR - October 1998
Spanish Criminal Prosecutions Use International Human Rights Law to Battle Impunity in Chile and Argentina.
Richard Wilson Director Human Rights Law Clinic - American University.
The Act of State doctrine and 'public acts' for the purpose of sovereign immunity: a commentary on the Pinochet decision of the High Court of England
Statement on the judgment issued by the Metropolitan Magistrate, Ronald David Bartle, on Pinochet extradition
Equipo Nizkor. 10oct99.
Statement by Spanish human rights organizations on the competence of National Court and Augusto Pinochet's detention order
Madrid, November 13, 1998.
Lawyers Committee Disputes Immunity for Pinochet
Nov. 3, 1998
Pinochet in England: High Court Ruling Violates International Law
Oct. 29, 1998 - Equipo Nizkor - Derechos HR
Pinochet Ruling: A Serious Blow To Human Rights
International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, Oct. 29, 1998
Members Of Congress Call On Clinton To Release Key Information On Gen. Pinochet To Spanish Judge
Oct. 21, 1998
Fight Against Impunity Requires Augusto Pinochet Ugarte To Be Detained And Judged.
Equipo Nizkor. Oct. 17, 1998
Written statement submitted to the United Nations Commission on Human Rigths in its 54th. session
on the cases being investigated by the National Spanish Audience about disappeared Spanish citizens during the military dictatorships in Argentina and Chile.
By the The Federation of Associations of Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (Spain)
Information on Pinochet
by Lucy Komisar
by Lucy Komisar
Chile and the United States
Declassified Documents Relating to the Military Coup, 1970-1976
By the National Security Archives
By Peter Weiss (Vice-president of the Center of Constitutional Rights, which represented the family of Charles Horman, who was murdered in Chile shortly after the Pinochet coup).
Pinochet; Is a Terrorist Hiding in Chile's Senate?
By Scott Armstrong and Saul Landau (Scott Armstrong founded the National Security Archives in Washington. Saul Landau is chair of interdisciplinary applied knowledge at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies
Autumn of the autocrat.
By Saul Landau and Sarah Anderson
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