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Chile considering new bill to end complete abortion ban
March 18, 2015
Chilean lawmakers are considering a bill introduced on Tuesday to legalize abortions under certain circumstances. Rights groups believe the bill, which allows women to receive an abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if the mother's life is at risk, the fetus will not survive pregnancy or....... [more]

Chile president proposes plan to end complete abortion ban
February 1, 2015
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday announced a plan to end the country's complete ban on abortions. Bachelet stated in a televised address that she has sent a bill to Congress that would allow abortion when a mother's life is at risk, a fetus will not survive pregnancy or when a woman i....... [more]

Chile court ends 10-year Pinochet embezzlement investigation
June 1, 2014
A Chilean court on Friday said that it has completed the 10-year investigation into the origin of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's fortune and his suspected embezzlement of public funds. In an unanimous decision, an an appeals court in Santiago closed the investigation, allowing Judge Manu....... [more]

Chile court finds 'Caravan of Death' perpetrators guilty of murder
December 24, 2013
A Chilean judge found eight former members of the military guilty of murder on Monday for their roles in killings perpetrated during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The men were members of the "Caravan of Death," a military operation involved in the suppression of political opponents during t....... [more]

Chile judge rejects request to prosecute former general for murder
August 7, 2013
Chilean judge Mario Carroza on Monday rejected a request by human rights lawyer Eduardo Contreras to prosecute former general Fernando Matthei for murder. Matthei oversaw the military facility where General Alberto Bachelet was tortured to death in 1973 after Bachelet refused to support the military....... [more]

Former Chad dictator charged with war crimes
July 3, 2013
Chad's ex-President Hissene Habre was charged by Senegalese prosecutors on Monday with war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity. Habre will appear before the Extraordinary African Chambers, a special court set up in Senegal to investigate the allegations against him, and he could face life i....... [more]

Chile high court upheld Pinochet acquittal
September 15, 2012
On September 15, 2005, Chile's Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on charges that he ordered political abductions and murders in the 1970s. The abductions and murders were part of the political campaign "Operation Condor," which commenced in order to elimi....... [more]

Chile court sentences Pinochet-era police chief to 15 years in prison for murder
September 7, 2012
A Chilean judge sentenced General Manuel Contreras, former chief of police under the reign of Augusto Pinochet, to 15 years in prison on Thursday for murdering an opposition activist. Left-wing activist Ramon Martinez was allegedly tortured and shot while in police custody in 1975. Martinez was a m....... [more]

Chile charges former air force colonels with 1974 torture death of brigadier general
July 18, 2012
Chile on Tuesday arrested and charged two retired air force colonels for their roles in the 1974 death of an air force brigadier general who was also the father of Chile's first female president. Colonels Ramon Caceres and Edgar Ceballos were charged with orchestrating the torture that apparently ki....... [more]

Chile requests extradition of former US Navy captain for Pinochet-era crimes
November 30, 2011
A Chilean judge on Tuesday issued an indictment against former US Navy Captain Ray Davis, which included a request that he be extradited to Chile. The indictment charges Davis with the homicides of journalist Charles Horman and US university student Frank Teruggi. Both crimes were alleged to have be....... [more]

Pinochet assumed 'political responsibility' for regime actions
November 25, 2011
On November 25, 2006, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet issued a prepared statement in which he assumed "full political responsibility" for the actions of his regime between 1973 and 1990. The statement was read aloud by his wife at his ninety-first birthday celebration. It was the first time....... [more]


    Augusto Pincohet [Wikipedia]

    Pinochet's Chile [WashPost]

    Pincohet case [Amnesty]

    Pincohet file [BBC]

    Pincohet Foundation