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Truth and Reconciliation

Mary Helen Spooner

in The General's Slow Retreat

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520256132
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520256132.003.0005
Truth and Reconciliation

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The Aylwin government created the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission to document the worst human rights abuses committed during Chile's sixteen and a half years of military rule. The commission's work was far-reaching. The eight panel members, who received no payment for their work, were joined by a team of seventeen lawyers, eighteen law students and recent law graduates, plus another two dozen social workers, secretaries, computer specialists, and other support staff whose salaries were paid by the Chilean justice ministry. According to the commission's report, no more than 10 percent of its staff had any prior experience with human rights work, as the commission wanted a team that could “take a fresh look at the cases it was to examine and report upon.” Bit by bit the commission members pieced together a history of political repression during the regime.

Keywords: National Truth and Reconciliation Commission; human rights abuses; military rule; Chile

Chapter.  8267 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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