|Latin America: Chile's torture victims to get life pensions|
Tuesday, November 30 @ 00:00:55 UTC
|Report details 'insanity of intense cruelty'
by Tom Burgis in Santiago, The Guardian UK
The Chilean government is to compensate 28,000 victims of torture after a comprehensive report published yesterday concluded that Augusto Pinochet's military government had orchestrated a state policy of terror.
Addressing the nation, President Ricardo Lagos spoke of "the magnitude of the suffering, the insanity of the intense cruelty, the immensity of the pain" detailed in the findings of the national commission on political detention and torture, led by the archbishop emeritus of Santiago, Sergio Valech.
The year-long commission heard testimony from 35,000 people who had been victims of torture during the dictatorship of 1973 to 1990.
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