Augusto Pinochet

Curtains for cadres as Chile closes luxury jail of Pinochet’s henchmen

A guard outside a private cabin at Cordillera prison. Photo: EPA

Chile’s president announced on Thursday that he will close a luxury prison for dictatorship-era military officials convicted of crimes against humanity, taking away their tennis courts, barbecues and a pool.

Saturday, 28 September, 2013, 3:12am

Former Chilean president Bachelet returns to torture centre

Michelle Bachelet

The former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet nearly broke down while visiting the detention and torture centre where she was held during the 1973-90 dictatorship.

12 Sep 2013 - 1:49am

Chile remembers victims 40 years after Pinochet’s brutal military coup

Pictures of human rights abuse victims in Santiago's Park For Peace before a ceremony to mark 40 years since the coup. Photo: Reuters

When Joan Jara went to identify the body of her husband Victor, she found it riddled with 44 bullets and dumped on a pile of corpses in the Santiago morgue. The poet's wrists and neck were broken and twisted. Where his belly ought to have been was a gory, gaping void.

12 Sep 2013 - 1:50am

How they got to 'no'

Advertising executive René Saavedra (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) walks past ranks of security personnel.

Pablo Larraín looks affronted. I've just asked the Santiago-born director if his trio of movies set in Chile in the 1970s and '80s - Tony Manero (2008), Post Mortem (2010) and the latest, No - were inspired by the current retro-thirst for revisiting these decades.

31 Mar 2013 - 3:44pm

Declassified papers show Pinochet tried to 'cling on to power' in 1988

Former Chilean military leader Augusto Pinochet. Photo: Reuters

Just a day before the October 5 referendum, General Pinochet planned to do “whatever was necessary to stay in power” and said he was “not leaving, no matter what”.

24 Feb 2013 - 8:03pm 1 comment

Nostalgia for the Light

Nostalgia for the Light Director: Patricio Guzman

For four decades, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman has been reminding the world about dictator Augusto Pinochet's repressive reign in the 1970s and '80s.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Law enforcers give assessment of 2011

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The Maid

The Maid Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedon, Andrea Garcia-Huidobro Director: Sebastian Silva

23 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Cost and ID card are not big issues for 'birth tours'

Regarding the article ''Birth tours' flourishing despite bid to stem flow' (January 3), has anyone done a scientific survey of why mainland women come to Hong Kong to give birth?

If we are just guessing at the reasons, then it is very likely that we are wrong, as the mainland Chinese mind has been conditioned very differently from the Hong Kong Chinese mind.

4 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Sorry, people, the housing chief says it's your fault

Housing chief Michael Suen's Insight piece on the Star Ferry pier smacks of a condescending attitude that has become disturbingly common in the government ('Don't blame the government, December 15). He writes that amendments to the zoning plan were gazetted 'to invite public views, and no objection was received'.

18 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

A wake-up call for war-crime courts

The arrest of Augusto Pinochet in London, in October 1998, was a bolt from the blue. It can be said with near certainty that it had never crossed the minds of senior members of the British judiciary, who were soon to be landed with untangling the legal intricacies.

18 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Pinochet case a turning point in human rights battle

Any suggestion that the death of Chile's former president, Augusto Pinochet, means he has eluded the justice sought by victims of his 17-year regime must be seen in the light of the changed global human rights situation he prompted.

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Pinochet call

Santiago: Chile has formally asked Britain to free ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet and allow him home on humanitarian grounds.

15 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Called to account

Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic would be wise to spare a little time to study the latest ruling by the House of Lords in Britain on the extradition of Chile's former dictator, General Augusto Pinochet.

27 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Selective human rights policy

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Interfering' (South China Morning Post, November 21) and totally agree with your correspondent.

US Vice-President Al Gore was a guest of Malaysia when he chose to make his speech in support of Anwar Ibrahim, much to the distaste of his host, the Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

26 Dec 1998 - 12:00am