LA TRENDS: CHILE ACHIEVED SUBSTANTIAL BREAKTHROUGH ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS FRONT-RE

Created: 12/6/1976

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Progress on Hujnan Rights

' Our judgment that tho Chilean government hatubatantlal breakthrough on the human rights front by its release of political prisoners la being reaffirmed by the evidence collected by some of the junta's most persistent critics.

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a sharp decline by the government, of those being trie out on ball,role, government if.

there has morsoat kually

or under house arrest. The leaking steps to commute

the sentences of many persons already eonvlctedibeen granted permission to go

into exTTeTmTfTbout tOO of these have already left the country. .

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'Despite allegations by local communists and Radio Moscow that many persons recently freed have been rearrested and that unidentified bodies have appeared

morgue,

[there haveew instances oTTTTBrjll

disappearances. Although there are still

pending esses of unsolved disappearances, security

forces do not appear to be engaged in the kinda of human

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right! violations that earliar aroused international condemnation.

Adding to aignaore liberallthat local military zone commanders are rr-

cTucTnT sentences under the diacretlonary powers

authorised by the atate of slega. One regional com-

mandnrthat

personsif diminished frrn

ithin the poet year.

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