Statement on Chile

GENEVA COUNCIL - Making global markets work for all, 23-24 November 1998

Original: Spanish

The Council of the Socialist International, in the light of the arrest of the former dictator Augusto Pinochet in London on charges related to massive and systematic violations of human rights, including the forced disappearances of persons and acts of state terrorism in Chile and abroad:

Values, for what it represents for the whole of humanity, the development of international law for the protection of human rights.

Declares that the international community is strengthened through the exercise of the legitimate right to bring to trial those responsible for crimes against humanity.

Gives its decided support to the creation of the International Criminal Court;

Recognises that the exercise of justice is inherent to the strengthening of all democratic systems;

Reiterates its solidarity with the victims of human rights violations in Chile, and commends the efforts by the Chilean government and the parties of the Concertación in pursuit of truth and justice, the only effective way to make reconciliation and the consolidation of democracy a reality in Chile.