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THE REAL ISSUE: PINOCHET AND HUMAN RIGHTS
8.4.01 The Observer A warning to dictators. 'Did Milosevic shudder when Pinochet was arrested? If he didn't, he should have, as must all tyrants now. Ariel Dorfman.'
27.2.01 The Independent War criminals must not find peace in Britain. 'From a talk given in the Sheldonian Theatre by the senior partner of Bindman & Partners as part of the Oxford Amnesty Lectures.'
9.1.01 The Guardian The disappeared are still missing. 'Tito Tricot, who was tortured under the Pinochet regime, writes from Santiago.'
21.3.00 The New York Times Searching for Justice in Chile and Argentina. 'It is now apparent that Chile's silence about the past was due to fear, pressure from a civilian government anxious to keep the generals happy, and the sense that no justice was possible.'
5.3.00 The Sunday Times Pinochet shines a light in the darkest shadow. 'Public figures who have done terrible wrongs must be brought to account, not simply to bring them to justice, but because the poison from their regimes tends to seep into the national bloodstream.'
21.2.00 The Nation The Pinochet Principle. 'The dictator's arrest threatens the lifestyles of the rich and heinous.'
5.2.00 The Guardian Case for the prosecution. 'Nicholas Lezard is minded to make Hugh O'Shaughnessy's book on the damning evidence against Augusto Pinochet required reading.'
9.10.99 The Times Letter: Pinochet case. From the Director of Amnesty International UK.
8.10.99 The Guardian Pinochet must be brought to justice on humanitarian grounds. 'Tito Tricot finds it sickening that Pinochet's supporters appeal to health reasons to save the General from justice.'
26.9.99 The Observer Never again will a torturer shrug and walk away. By Ariel Dorfman.
24.12.98 Intellectual Capital To Forget or to Remember? 'Pinochet made his own position clear in remarks he made three years ago on the 22nd anniversary of the coup that brought him to power: "It is best to remain silent and to forget. It is the only thing to do: we must forget. And forgetting does not occur by opening cases, putting people in jail. FOR-GET, this is the word, and for this to occur, both sides have to forget and continue working."'
10.12.98 BBC Online Viewpoint: Wonderful news for human rights
22.10.98 BBC Online Exiled writer urges Pinochet to repent
10.98 Red Pepper The great dictator ?

 
PINOCHET'S DETENTION AND THE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
19.10.01 The Guardian The General. ‘Patricio Guzman has been recording the atrocities of the Pinochet regime for three decades. In the process, he has created one of the finest documentaries ever made. Simon Hattenstone reports.’
5.12.00 The Guardian Loopholes for torturers. 'Pinochet has been indicted at last in Chile. But what about Britain's own new law against dictators?' Geoffrey Bindman.
26.4.00 The Times Heinous crimes are everybody's business. 'Four times Geoffrey Bindman, solicitor superstar, has gone to the police in an attempt to have a war criminal arrested. Yet the laws regarding torture and genocide committed abroad are so confusing that the authorities are loath to act. So what happens when the next suspect surfaces?'
26.3.00 The New York Times Pinochet´s Revenge: Oliver North, You´d Better Watch Out
14.3.00 The Times The legacy bequeathed by Pinochet. 'The dictator may have flown but Michael Caplan predicts that there will be other cases.'
13.3.00 The Guardian "I have a duty to a client, just as a surgeon does to a patient." 'Michael Caplan, the man who represented Pinochet, talks about the case for the first time to Clare Dyer.'
6.3.00 The Times Opinion: The law of the bungle. 'The Pinochet affair has left Britain with a dangerous legal legacy.'
5.3.00 The Independent on Sunday Comment: Justice has lost in the Pinochet saga. 'The general's hasty back-door exit suggested that the Home Secretary, for political reasons, was keen to be shot of the whole problem.'
3.3.00 The Guardian Not waving, but a warning. 'Pinochet's departure should send a message to dictators everywhere. Geoffrey Robertson.'
3.3.00 The Independent Leader: General Pinochet should have faced trial, but his fate will still deter tyrants. '...Nor would it be unduly cynical, now that the reports have been leaked, to conclude that there was nothing much wrong with the general that the Ernest Saunders Miracle Cure could not have put right.'
18.2.00 The Guardian Diagnosing the dictator
11.2.00 The New York Times Editorial: An African Pinochet
28.1.00 The Guardian A man of straw. 'This political and not medical decision was taken last June.'
21.1.00 The Times Letter: Pinochet report 'can be disclosed.' From the Chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association.
20.1.00 The Financial Times The Pinochet precedent. 'The 15-month saga has brought about significant changes in human rights law and in Chilean politics.'
18.1.00 The Guardian Taking liberties. 'Pinochet's claim of sickness should be placed before a judge.' Geoffrey Robertson.
18.1.00 The Times No hiding place for the torturers. 'Perpetrators of human rights abuses should no longer be allowed to claim immunity, argues Geoffrey Bindman.'
17.1.00 New Statesman Leader: Unfit for what?
15.1.00 The New York Times Editorial: New Twist in the Pinochet Case. 'This case is too important to set aside without a second medical opinion, and without giving the Spanish court access to the doctors' reports.'
13.1.00 The Guardian The torturer triumphs. 'By letting General Pinochet off the hook Jack Straw has horrified human rights campaigners.' Hugh O'Shaughnessy
13.1.00 The Independent Comment: Mr Straw's sleight of hand mocks justice and insults the victims of torture
12.1.00 BBC Online Q & A: Could Pinochet still stand trial? 'The BBC's legal affairs correspondent Jane Peel explains the latest developments in the Pinochet case. What is medically wrong with General Pinochet?'
5.1.00 BBC Online Head to head: Should Pinochet be extradited? 'Former Conservative Chancellor Norman Lamont and Amnesty International put their cases for and against the 84-year-old general's extradition'
5.1.00 BBC Online Too ill to face the law? 'Age is no bar to the law, but poor health can be.'
28.11.99 Los Angeles Times Let Pinochet Back Only on His Deathbed 'He's a monster who should face a reckoning before the families of those who were his victims.' By Ariel Dorfman.
4.11.99 The Independent Baltasar Garzon: the Spanish judge setting the world to rights. 'He snared Chile's former dictator; now he's chasing the Argentines. Who is this Spanish super judge and what makes him tick?'
21.10.99 The Guardian The time has come to send home the butcher of Chile. 'Pinochet's arrest created a precedent in international law. Now let him go.'
19.10.99 The Times The law lord who took the rap over Pinochet. 'Lord Browne-Wilkinson remains philosophical.'
6.10.99 BBC Online Pinochet affair 'already a victory'. By Ariel Dorfman.
25.8.99 The Guardian Leader: Tyrants on their travels. ' 'Remember Pinochet' is the watchword.'
1.4.99 The Guardian Dictator in the dock. 'If Spain fails to extradite Pinochet, Jack Straw is impelled under the Torture Convention to try him here.' By Geoffrey Robertson.
29.3.99 The Guardian Leader: Try Pinochet. 'Torture is not a numbers game.'
28.3.99 The Independent on Sunday Sheila Cassidy - The day torturers suddenly became criminals
25.3.99 The Independent Geoffrey Robertson - Bad news for torturers
26.2.99 FlyingFish A Bad Case of Pinochet A critique of the arguments in the High Court and House of Lords over Pinochet's claimed sovereign immunity.
2.2.99 The Guardian Judgment day (part II)
21.1.99 London Review of Books Michael Byers - In Pursuit of Pinochet
14.1.99 The Guardian The danger looms of these judges looking like a pack of squabblers
21.12.98 The Nation Prisoner Pinochet. 'The Dictator and the Quest for Justice.'By Peter Kornbluh.
26.11.98 The Times The right ruling for humanity. 'Michael Byers,' international lawyer and fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, 'applauds the victory of people over Pinochet.'

REACTIONS TO PINOCHET'S DETENTION



Chile
16.7.01 Rasmus Sonderriis Pinochet in court has changed Chile for good. 'Upon closer inspection, justice, human rights and history are well served by the outcome of the Pinochet case.'
31.12.00 The New York Times In Chile, Democracy Depends on a Delicate Balance
19.12.00 The Guardian Impunity rules in Chile. 'As charges against Pinochet are dropped, Tito Tricot, who was tortured under the general's regime, writes on the state of Chile's judicial system.'
20.11.00 New Statesman Sleepless in Santiago. 'Pinochet's predicament is no longer just personal or symbolic. Since his return from Britain, a vast change has come over the Chilean judiciary.'
6.3.00 The Guardian The murderer returns to the scene of the crime. 'Tito Tricot, who was tortured under the Pinochet regime, writes from Santiago.'
6.3.00 The Independent It is up to Chile to try the General now. By Ariel Dorfman.
'The Jefe Maximo did not act alone. Countless people participated in and permitted his abuses.'
24.1.00 The Boston Globe Deja vu for Pinochet. 'It has ended where it began. The communist world threat by which Pinochet justified his coup and the United States its intervention has collapsed on its own. The general wasted his time. The rest of the people involved suffered or died for nothing.'
19.1.00 The Guardian Goodbye and good riddance. 'Pinochet may escape justice, but at least Chileans had a year of peace.'
12.1.00 The Guardian Pinochet's release is a blow to humankind. ' 'The former dictator must be laughing in his luxury mansion', writes Tito Tricot, who was tortured under the general's regime.'
16.10.99 The Economist Life without Pinochet
8.10.99 The Guardian Pinochet must be brought to justice on humanitarian grounds. 'Tito Tricot finds it sickening that Pinochet's supporters appeal to health reasons to save the General from justice.'
24.3.99 The Guardian A little justice for major crimes
26.2.99 For Remember-Chile Method Acting in Chilean Politics A Chilean expert on public opinion polls pooh-poohs the danger to democracy.
24.12.98 The Guardian The hypocrisy of Pinochet supporters. E-mail from Chile, by Tito Tricot.
22.10.98 BBC Online Viewpoint: In defence of Pinochet

Britain
7.3.00 The Guardian Pinochet's lord and lady. 'The presentation of the silver plate should also be a warning to anyone who feels complacent about the strength of British democracy.'
19.1.00 For Remember-Chile Pinochet's British Victims. By Tom Hawkins.
'In our passports we read that HM Secretary of State requests and requires, etc... What steps are HM Government prepared to take when those requests and requirements are ignored? We will be enthralled to know.'
9.10.99 The Independent Letter: Iron Lady's return
9.10.99 The Guardian Not much to be proud of. 'The Tories are the party of Pinochet, but New Labour make me sick too.'
8.10.99 The Guardian In praise of Augusto. 'His lawyers claim atrocities carried out by his regime were no different from cases of British police brutality. They argue one man who was electrocuted was not tortured because he died instantly. Can they be serious? As a London magistrate rules on the latest stage of his extradition proceedings, Linda Grant reports on the curious alliance campaigning to free General Pinochet.'
7.10.99 The Guardian Fading idol waives fee to aid prisoner in Virginia Water gulag
7.10.99 The Guardian Leader - Thatcher the hypocrite. 'Pinochet is hardly a political prisoner.'
7.10.99 The Times Leader - Old Soldiers. 'A calmer case for returning Pinochet to Chile.'
19.7.99 The Guardian Only giving orders. 'Pinochet should have kept his silence.'
16.4.99 The Guardian Going nowhere. 'Despite Pinochet's noisy supporters, Jack Straw has stuck by our obligations.'
24.3.99 BBC Online Viewpoint: for and against (From Britain for, and from Chile against.)
26.2.99 For Remember-Chile Pinochet's Apologists in Britain Prominent figures in Britain who have spoken out in support of Pinochet.
30.1.99 The Economist Blackwashing Allende
25.10.98 The Observer Andrew Rawnsley - It is hard to tell who is the more despicable: the General or Pinochet's fellow-travelling apologists in Britain

Other



4.11.99 The Independent Baltasar Garzon: the Spanish judge setting the world to rights. 'He snared Chile's former dictator; now he's chasing the Argentines. Who is this Spanish super judge and what makes him tick?'
2.11.99 International Herald Tribune Once Pinochet Is Brought to Account, Magnificent Justice Should Move On By Mario Vargas Llosa.
2.3.99 El Pais Pinochet's Men in the Vatican (Translated from the Spanish by Remember Chile.)
29.10.98 The Daily Telegraph Why appease this dictator? Mario Vargas Llosa says that Augusto Pinochet is no worse than Fidel Castro.
 

THE UNITED STATES CONNECTION
22.4.03
The Financial Times
Letter - Backing Powell view on Chile
24.2.01 The Guardian Why has he got away with it? 'Henry Kissinger is revered as a statesman, cosseted guest, star of the lecture circuit. He is also the one-time US Secretary of State who oversaw the destruction of civilian populations, the assassination of politicians and the kidnapping of those who got in his way - from Indochina to Cyprus, East Timor and, here, Chile. Christopher Hitchens lays the charges.'
US Why has he got away with it? (Continued)
21.11.00 The Guardian Getting away with murder. 'The US has admitted its involvement in Latin America, but those responsible are immune.'
20.11.00 The Boston Globe Editorial - US guilt on Chile
29.10.00 Los Angeles Times The CIA's Other Untold Scandal
2.10.00 The Washington Post The Case for Full Disclosure of CIA Activities in Chile

 
CHILE
Legal proceedings
19.12.00 The Guardian Impunity rules in Chile. 'As charges against Pinochet are dropped, Tito Tricot, who was tortured under the general's regime, writes on the state of Chile's judicial system.'
3.12.00 The Observer Pinochet's own goal. 'This new victory against impunity belongs, then, above all to our disappeared, los desaparecidos, those men and women arrested one night and who are somehow still alive, beyond death, still accusing the man who thought he could extinguish them.' By Ariel Dorfman
10.8.00 The Guardian Pinochet's caravan comes back to haunt him. 'The legal case against Chile's ex-dictator is getting stronger all the time.'
6.8.00 The Independent Leader - A Pandora's box, not a dictator's toy
30.5.00 Los Angeles Times 'Los Desaparecidos' Are Returning to Haunt Gen. Pinochet. 'To get off the hook, former dictator must prove that he ordered the assassination of prisoners.' By Ariel Dorfman
28.5.00 The Financial Times Editorial - Chile's example. 'The court decision to strip General Augusto Pinochet of his congressional immunity against legal action demonstrates the growing independence of Chile's judiciary, and bodes well for the health of its democracy.'
27.5.00 The Boston Globe Editorial - Justice pursuing Pinochet
29.3.00 The Guardian Naming the one who did the murder. 'General Pinochet may have to face more than he bargained for.'
Recent history
30.5.00 Los Angeles Times 'Los Desaparecidos' Are Returning to Haunt Gen. Pinochet. 'To get off the hook, former dictator must prove that he ordered the assassination of prisoners.' By Ariel Dorfman
7.5.00 The Washington Post From President to Pariah. 'PINOCHET The Politics of Torture. By Hugh O'Shaughnessy'
5.2.00 The Guardian Case for the prosecution. 'Nicholas Lezard is minded to make Hugh O'Shaughnessy's book on the damning evidence against Augusto Pinochet required reading.'
6.11.99 The Daily Telegraph Voice of the spirits. 'Driven from her native Chile, Isabel Allende went on to make her name with 'The House of the Spirits', a sprawling fictionalised history of her extraordinary family, which became a modern classic. When her only daughter died, her life fell apart. Now she has written her first novel for eight years.'
26.9.99 The Observer Never again will a torturer shrug and walk away. By Ariel Dorfman.
22.11.98 The Observer Miracle cure, but the medicine was bright red. 'Pinochet did not destroy Chile's economy all by himself. He had the help of academia's most brilliant minds: a gaggle of Milton Friedman's trainees, the Chicago Boys.'
Other
- For Remember-Chile Hasbún and Pinochet: A Bad Priest and a False Messiah


 

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