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Report of the Chilean National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation (Rettig Report) view details>>

The Pinochet Papers:The Case of Augusto Pinochet in Spain and Britain view details>>

Impunidad, crimen de lesa humanidad y desaparición forzada view details>>

Enforced disappearances Chile

Numbers and Context
840 cases reported, 24 clarified, and 816 outstanding.
NGOs Numbers
Over 3.000 according to the National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation
Enforced disappearances were used as a repressive measure during Augusto Pinochet's military Government. Most disappearances happened in between 1973 and 1976. The majority of cases reported to the UNGWEID during this period. Almost all victims belonged to Chilean left-wing parties. The National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation, Also known as ‘The Rettig Commission' investigated killings and disappearances during 16 and a half years of military dictatorship. Of the documented 3,428 disappearances, killings, torture that led to death, and kidnappings, 2,920 were investigated in depth. In 1998, 10 years after he was theoretically removed from power in the 1988 elections against the opposition coalition 'NO', Agusto Pinochet is arrested in London at the request of Spanish authorities. This arrest is a development without precedent in the fight against impunity. The procedure which followed in British courts contributed significantly to the development of the concepts of universal jurisdiction and immunity.

Federations and Organisations
Federation Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos (FEDEFAM)
Contact Postal Address:
Fedefam 2444 - Carmelitas 1010-A
Caracas, Venezuela
Edif. Aldomar Piso 7 - Oficina 55, Marrón a Cují
TF: +58.2.564.0503
Fax: +58.2.564.2746
e-mail: fedefamorg(at)
Focus Enforced Disappearances in Latin American Region
Organisation Agrupación de Familiares de Deteninos Desaparecidos (AFDD)
Contact Avda. Ricardo Cumming 1161. Santiago.
Fono-fax: 6960678
E-mail: afdd(at)
Focus Enforced Disappearances in Chile
Member ofFederación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos (FEDEFAM)