20 September 2004 by INGRID SEYMAN

The tide seems to have turned for former South American dictators. Argentina's Supreme Court has just accepted the imprescriptibility of a crime against humanity, while in Chile a trial looks likely for Augusto Pinochet after the former dictator was stripped of his immunity on 26 August.

22 November 2004 by Arnoud Grellier

The first trial of the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet could take place in France - without him. On 22 October, the Paris prosecutor's office called for the case to be referred before the Paris criminal court, where the former president would be tried in absentia for the "abduction and torture" of several French nationals and Franco-Chileans who disappeared between 1973 and 1975.

18 December 2006 by Santiago O’Donnell

Interview with José Zalaquett, professor of Human Rights at Universidad de Chile .

What justice has been achieved since Pinochet stepped down as Commander in Chief of the Army in 1998? José Zalaquett served as a member of the National Truth Commission in 1998. In his view, the Chilean justice system has made significant progress in learning the truth about those years and prosecuting the atrocities committed by the dictatorship, but the pace of progress has been tempered by legal, medical and political obstacles as well as Chile's strict adherence to legal procedures.

Juan Guzmán