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Chile court: US intelligence had role in American deaths
July 2, 2014
A Chilean court ruled Monday that US military intelligence services provided information that led to the arrests, and eventual executions, of two Americans in 1973. According to the ruling, former US Navy Captain Ray Davis gave information to the Chilean officials that was used in the arrest of jou....... [more]

Chile court ends 10-year Pinochet embezzlement investigation
June 1, 2014
A Chilean court on Friday said that it has completed the 10-year investigation into the origin of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's fortune and his suspected embezzlement of public funds. In an unanimous decision, an an appeals court in Santiago closed the investigation, allowing Judge Manu....... [more]

Bolivia president demands return of Chile coastline
April 16, 2014
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice laying claim to a 240-mile area in Chile that provides access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia reportedly lost its claim of ownership to the land during a war with Chile in the 1800s. Chile alleges a treaty....... [more]

ICJ rules on maritime border dispute between Peru and Chile
January 27, 2014
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN's highest court, issued a ruling establishing a new maritime boundary between Peru and Chile on Monday. The ICJ granted Peru some parts of the Pacific Ocean formerly controlled by Chile but left Chile prosperous coastal fishing grounds. The decision....... [more]

Chile court finds 'Caravan of Death' perpetrators guilty of murder
December 24, 2013
A Chilean judge found eight former members of the military guilty of murder on Monday for their roles in killings perpetrated during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The men were members of the "Caravan of Death," a military operation involved in the suppression of political opponents during t....... [more]

Arab League supports Saudi Arabia rejection of UN Security Council seat
October 20, 2013
Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Sunday declared support of Saudi Arabia's decision to reject a seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) after several Arab ambassadors criticized the decision earlier this week. The UN awarded Saudi Arabia a two-year position on the UNSC Thursday along with Chad, Ch....... [more]

Chile high court approves extradition of former Argentine judge
August 22, 2013
The Supreme Court of Chile on Wednesday approved the extradition of former Argentine judge, Otilio Romano, for human rights crimes. Romano fled to Chile two years ago to avoid trial for his alleged involvement in more than 100 crimes against humanity while working as a prosecutor during the 1976-198....... [more]

Chile judge rejects request to prosecute former general for murder
August 7, 2013
Chilean judge Mario Carroza on Monday rejected a request by human rights lawyer Eduardo Contreras to prosecute former general Fernando Matthei for murder. Matthei oversaw the military facility where General Alberto Bachelet was tortured to death in 1973 after Bachelet refused to support the military....... [more]

UN expert urges Chile to stop using anti-terrorism legislation
July 31, 2013
The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism on Monday urged Chilean authorities to refrain from applying anti-terrorism legislation that directly impacts the Mapuche indigenous peoples. Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson made his first official visit to Chile, finding that "the anti....... [more]

Malta parliament passed divorce law
July 25, 2013
On July 25, 2011, the Maltese parliament passed legislation that legalized divorce in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. The bill took effect in October 2011. This change was a result of a voter referendum that favored legalizing divorce. Malta was the last EU member state to forbid divorce....... [more]

Former Chad dictator charged with war crimes
July 3, 2013
Chad's ex-President Hissene Habre was charged by Senegalese prosecutors on Monday with war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity. Habre will appear before the Extraordinary African Chambers, a special court set up in Senegal to investigate the allegations against him, and he could face life i....... [more]




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