Pinochet case: no turning back in the global fight against impunity
The fight against impunity for crimes against humanity, such as torture and ''disappearance'', will continue in Chile and elsewhere in the world, Amnesty International said today commenting on Augusto Pinochet's imminent return to Chile.
"The fact that Augusto Pinochet was arrested while travelling abroad -- almost unthinkable just 16 months ago -- has sent a powerful message: no one is above international law, even when national laws protect you from prosecution," Amnesty International said.
"The UK courts have confirmed that people accused of crimes such as torture can be prosecuted anywhere in the world. They have also firmly established that former heads of state are not immune from prosecution for such crimes," Amnesty international said. "This achievement is not affected by the UK Home Secretary decision not to extradite Augusto Pinochet to Spain."
"The international wall of impunity that has sheltered former and current heads of state accused of gross human rights violations started to crumble on the night of 16 October 1998, when Augusto Pinochet was arrested. From this point onwards there was no turning back," Amnesty International added.
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