WESTERN HEMISPHERE BRIEF JUDGEMENT THAT CHILEAN GOVERNMENT RECENTLY HAS SUBSTAN

Created: 12/8/1976

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CHILEi UR JUDGMENT THAT THE CHILEAN GOVERNMENT RECENTLY HAS SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED ITS PRACTICES IN THE AREA OF HUMAN RIGHTS IS SUPPORTED BY EVIDENCE COLLECTEDOME OF THE JUNTA'S MOST PERSISTENT CRITICS-

//THE VICARIATE OF SOLIDARITY. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. HAS CONFIRMED

THAT RECENT GOVERNMENT ACTIONS HAVEONG UAY TOWARD RESOLVING THE CONTROVERSY OVER POLITICAL PRISONERS. AS AN OUTSPOKEN OPPONENT

OF THE GOVERNMENT'S PRACTICES. THE VICARIATE HASAEOUENT

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TARGET Of OFFICIAL HOSTILITY. PARTICULARLY BECAUSE OF ITS ROLE IN

PROBING FOR DATA ON POLITICAL PRISONERS AND OFFERING LEGAL .'SSIST-r-

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MELD UY THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECLINED SHARPLY. VICARIATE FIGURES SIM THAT HOST OF THOSE BEING TRIED OR SERVING SENTENCES ARE NOV OUT OK BAIL. ON PAKOLE. OR UNDER HOUSE ARREST. THE GOVERNMENT IS

TAKING STEPS TO COMMUTE THE SENTENCES OF MANYALREADY CONVICTED. SOMEBEENTO GO INTO EXILE AND ABOUT flUQ OF THESE HAVETHE COUNTRY.

//DESPITE ALLEGATIONS BY LOCAL COMMUNISTS AND RADIO MOSCOW THAT MANY PERSONS RECENTLY FREED HAVE BEEN REARRESTED AND THATBODIES HAVE APPEARED IN THE SANTIAGOVICARIATE

ARE CONVINCED THAT THERE HAVE UEEN NO NEU INSTANCES OF

ILLEGAL DETENTION OR KILLINGS- ALTHOUGH CASES vF UNSOLVEDARE STILL PENDING. SECURITY FORCES DO NOT APPEAR TO UC ENGAGED IN THE KINDS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS THAT EARLIER AROUSED INTERNATIONALBJ

//ANOTHlR SIGNORE HUMANE TREND IN GOVERNMENT POLICY

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//PRESIDENT PINOCHET HAY QE GETTING--ANDTO EASE THE TOUGH SECURITY RESTRICTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN IN FORCE SINCE THE COUP THREE YEARS AGO> THERE IS SOME INFORMATION TO SUGGEST THAT JTHE INFLUENCE OF HARD-LINERS IN THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECREASED AND ITHAT PINOCHET NOBEW APMrtOACH IS JUSTIFIED BY DOMESTIC ITMANOUILITY AND THE HIGH COST OF CHILE'S INTERNATIONAL ISOLATION-

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