Dec 12, 2013
It’s Never Too Late for Chilean Officials to Say Sorry
Posted on Sep 5, 2013
After having ignored thousands upon thousands of court cases requesting justice during the reign of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean judges association has apologized at last for its inaction. Wednesday, the organization publicly recognized that judicial officials had failed their country during Pinochet’s 17-year rule. An estimated 3,200 people were killed under the dictator, and many more disappeared between 1973 and 1990. Authorities also believe 38,000 victims were ruthlessly tortured.
Al-Jazeera offers more details regarding the statement issued nearly 40 years after Pinochet’s military coup:
Hernan Larrain, a senator and former leader of the conservative Independent Democratic Union, has also asked for forgiveness on behalf of his party, stating, “This is my voice for reconciliation.”
Although the apologies are long overdue, they are positive steps toward acknowledging the suffering.
—Posted by Natasha Hakimi
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