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Derechos Humanos en Chile

Derechos Humanos en Chile

Date: Wed. 5 Oct, 2016 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Latin American Studies Program at the University of Toronto
cordially invites you to a public lecture by

Eduardo Contreras Mella
on HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHILE

 

PLEASE NOTE: the talk will be in Spanish, with limited headsets for simultaneous interpretation available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you anticipate the need for interpretation, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can make an effort to accommodate as many requests as possible.

Contreras Foto

 

Contreras will discuss the trajectory of his work as human rights lawyer in the context of the 1973 Chilean military coup and dictatorship, and its aftermath. He will focus on the unique challenges of human rights litigation in transnational contexts, and on the roles of civil society and the private sector in human rights conflicts.

About the Presenter
Eduardo Contreras Mella has had a long and distinguished career as a human rights lawyer, journalist, writer, professor and politician.

After the coup d'etat in Chile in 1973, he lived in exile in Cuba and Mexico for fifteen years. While in Cuba, he was part of the legal team that worked on the Constitutional process of 1976.

In Mexico, he published his work in newspapers El Día and La Jornada. He was founder and director of "Democracia Ahora", a magazine about the experiences of the Chilean exiles. As an academic, he was founder and director of the Centro de Estudios Militares Carlos Prats and subdirector of La Casa de Chile en Mexico. He also worked at Universidad Obrera and Centro de Estudios Vicente Lombardo Toledano. Years later, he was part of the Grupo del 68, a collective that sued those responsible for the 1968 student massacre of Tlatelolco.

Since his return to Chile, he has worked as a lawyer for the victims of human rights violations during the dictatorship. In 1998, alongside Gladys Marín, he laid the first legal charges against Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Their efforts ultimately resulted in Pinochet´s impeachment and trial for crimes against humanity.

Recently, he was the Chilean Ambassador to Uruguay under President Michelle Bachelet and he is currently a human rights consultant for the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He leads the team of lawyers that lays legal charges against those responsible for the most notorious cases of human rights violations in Chile. The team has worked on cases such as the murder, torture or assassinations of Salvador Allende, Pablo Neruda, Gen. Bachelet, and officers of the Chilean Air Force.

 

We thank the generous support of the Munk School for Global Affairs.

Disclaimer: Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Event Registration

Registration Start: Tue. 20 Sep, 2016
Registration End: Tue. 4 Oct, 2016
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Contreras Foto

 

Contreras will discuss the trajectory of his work as human rights lawyer in the context of the 1973 Chilean military coup and dictatorship, and its aftermath. He will focus on the unique challenges of human rights litigation in transnational contexts, and on the roles of civil society and the private sector in human rights conflicts.

About the Presenter
Eduardo Contreras Mella has had a long and distinguished career as a human rights lawyer, journalist, writer, professor and politician.

After the coup d'etat in Chile in 1973, he lived in exile in Cuba and Mexico for fifteen years. While in Cuba, he was part of the legal team that worked on the Constitutional process of 1976.

In Mexico, he published his work in newspapers El Día and La Jornada. He was founder and director of "Democracia Ahora", a magazine about the experiences of the Chilean exiles. As an academic, he was founder and director of the Centro de Estudios Militares Carlos Prats and subdirector of La Casa de Chile en Mexico. He also worked at Universidad Obrera and Centro de Estudios Vicente Lombardo Toledano. Years later, he was part of the Grupo del 68, a collective that sued those responsible for the 1968 student massacre of Tlatelolco.

Since his return to Chile, he has worked as a lawyer for the victims of human rights violations during the dictatorship. In 1998, alongside Gladys Marín, he laid the first legal charges against Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Their efforts ultimately resulted in Pinochet´s impeachment and trial for crimes against humanity.

Recently, he was the Chilean Ambassador to Uruguay under President Michelle Bachelet and he is currently a human rights consultant for the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He leads the team of lawyers that lays legal charges against those responsible for the most notorious cases of human rights violations in Chile. The team has worked on cases such as the murder, torture or assassinations of Salvador Allende, Pablo Neruda, Gen. Bachelet, and officers of the Chilean Air Force.

 

We thank the generous support of the Munk School for Global Affairs.

Disclaimer: Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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