WAVE shares 'Disappeared' experience with Chilean Visitors

14th September 2016

WAVE and some members of 'The Disappeared' were pleased to welcome a delegation from the Chilean Forensic Service to discuss and learn about the process of recovering the bodies of those who have disappeared.

This visit which was facilitated through the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster and Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago de Chile proved to be very useful and informative. 

Pictured left to right are: Sandra Peake, CEO of WAVE, Jim McConville (The Disappeared NI), Macarena Arias, Lorena Albornoz, Joyce Stockins and Thomas McConville (The Disappeared NI).    

Tens of thousands of people were detained, tortured, killed or disappeared under General Augusto Pinochet’s brutal regime in Chile. The total number of people officially recognized as disappeared in Chile or killed between 1973 and 1990 stands at 3,216 and survivors of political imprisonment and/or torture at 38,254. Some positive progress has been made in recent years with the transfer of some judicial proceedings of crimes committed in the past from the military to the civilian courts to ensure greater independence and impartiality. However, military jurisdiction still applies to human rights violations committed by the military and the security forces.