Tag Archives: Human Rights Issues

History vs. Fiction? Gael vs. Chile? Memory Struggles over the Film “No”

As an historian, I’m never all that surprised when fictional films don’t live up to historical reality. So I wasn’t shocked when the film No, which tells a story about the media side of the No campaign in the 1988 … Continue reading

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Two September 11ths

Being in Chile for September 11th, especially this year, is moving. On a personal note, I am conducting research for my dissertation, which investigates how political prisoners and their families rebuilt their lives in the aftermath of the political violence … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Ruling: Mexico’s States Must Recognize Gay Marriage

In a huge step forward for LGBT rights in the Americas, Mexico’s Supreme Court has ordered the country’s 31 states to recognize same-sex marriages. The capital, Mexico City, currently performs marriages for same-sex couples, and as of March, married gay … Continue reading

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Neo-Nazi Training and Destruction of Jewish Tombs Denounced in Chile

Yesterday, Movilh (the Chilean Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation) denounced before the National Intelligence Agency (ANI) that a group of “neo-Nazi sympathizers” in Chile are receiving paramilitary training and attempted to damage some Jewish tombs. Photos of the activities, … Continue reading

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More than Victims on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Today, June 26, is what the UN recognizes as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, or even a couple of months, you’ll have noticed that we write a lot … Continue reading

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80,000 March for LGBT Equality in Santiago, Chile

Over 80,000 people took to the streets in Chile’s Marcha por la Igualdad y los Derechos Humanos de la Diversidad Sexual (March for Equality and Human Rights for Sexual Diversity) this past Saturday, June 23. That impressive number ranks between … Continue reading

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Opening of Pinochet’s Revised Will Does not Reveal Hidden Fortune

The revised last will and testament of Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, dictator of Chile from 1973-1990, did not reveal the heirs to the millions that he likely embezzled from the state, nor more information on bank accounts or assets. A study … Continue reading

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Letter from Imprisoned Torturer, Murderer Reaching out to Piñera Intercepted

A former agent of Chile’s National Information Office (Central Nacional de Informaciones – CNI) attempted to send a letter to President Sebastián Piñera  that offered his help so that former president Michelle Bachelet would not return to the presidency.  In … Continue reading

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Homophobia is not just a Neo-Nazi Problem

At a march on Friday, March 30, honoring Daniel Zamudio’s memory, I saw a young man holding a sign that said, “Casi fui un Zamudio.” (I was almost a Zamudio.)  The sign also showed a picture of him with blood … Continue reading

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