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Film screening and dialogue: 'Judging the Generals: Human Rights Trials in Chile 15 Years after the Pinochet Case'

Publication date: Jun 20, 2013 1:03:13 PM

Start: Oct 14, 2013 4:00:00 PM
End: Oct 14, 2013 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ


Film screening and dialogue with Judge Alejandro Solis, a Chilean judge who investigated Augusto Pinochet and resolved many of Chile’s major dictatorship-era human rights cases.

On 16 October 1998, the world’s media was electrified by the news that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet had been arrested in a London clinic, charged with crimes against humanity. UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) and the University of Ulster mark the 15th anniversary of this major milestone in international justice with a unique opportunity to hear first hand what happened once the general went home.

Judge Solis took over emblematic investigations such as Villa Grimaldi and Patio 29 after the 2005 retirement of judge Juan Guzman; sent former secret police chief Manuel Contreras to jail for the assassination of General Carlos Prats, and authored the key Sandoval case ruling that established disappearance as an ongoing crime.

Recently retired, Judge Solis paid the price for his principled and tireless work to uncover the fate of Chile’s disappeared, passed over repeatedly for promotion and ostracised by many of his former colleagues. This is a unique opportunity to hear first hand how justice is made, painstakingly, day after day, once the TV cameras have gone home.

4.00-6.00 Film session ‘The Judge and the General’ – 2008 – 86 mins, directed by Patricio Lanfranco and Elizabeth Farnsworth

6.00-7.30 Q&A (in Spanish) – Prof Cath Collins (Ulster) in conversation with Judge Alejandro Solís

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.