Report reveals Pinochet regime tortured children

[JURIST] Chile's National Commission on Political Imprisonment and Torture, known familiarly as the Valech Commission, released a new report Wednesday indicating that children under the age of 12 were tortured during the rule of former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive]. The commission was created in 2003 [dictionary of government backgrounder] to gather testimony of persons imprisoned and tortured under Pinochet's regime. The new report indicates that many of the children interviewed were jailed with their parents and reported being tortured. Pinochet has recently been at the center of an investigation into the disappearance of four French citizens, and last week a French judge renewed a warrant for Pinochet’s arrest [JURIST report]. Human rights groups have urged the Chilean Supreme Court to reconsider a January 25 decision [JURIST report] that ended investigations of human rights violations that occurred under Pinochet. Australia's ABC has more.



 

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