On September 11,
In recent declarations to the international press, Ricardo Lagos admitted he was not in position to overturn amnesty laws, as Argentine President Nestor Kirchner began doing it last week. "Despite criticism from Human Rights groups, I have no political force to overturn such laws", he admitted.
Instead of heading a political review of Pinochet's regime,
According to the plan that is expected to be approved by the Congress, the pensions granted to some of the victims or their families, now averaging the equivalent of $398 per month, would be increased by 50 percent and extended to more people. The benefit would also be granted for the relatives of those soldiers killed during clashes with the guerrillas or rebel groups.
However, what outraged human rights defenders was
Those who planned the abuses or issued the orders would not benefit from shortened sentences, but their trials would be expedited, according to
Nearly 3,200 people were killed for political reasons during Pinochet's rule, according to an investigation by the civilian government that succeeded him. Some 1,200 of the victims disappeared after being arrested by Pinochet's security services.
During the brutal coup in which the Chilean military, with Augusto Pinochet at the head, seized power, at least 3,200 were killed and human rights organizations across the world claim for other 2,000 "disappearances" under military's regime. It was the first essay of a far-right military rule combined with neo-liberal policies in
The Nixon administration involvement in the post-Sept. 11, 1973 period was reinforced last November when 11 residents of
The Socialists are in power again in
Russia, when signing documents for the sale of Alaska to the United States, was realizing her objective benefit
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia