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Hello and welcome to our website. One evolving aspect of human history is the progression of political power, structures, and rights over time. This year, the nation of Chile will celebrate its thirty first year of relatively stable democracy. To begin to understand the totality of this achievement, we must examine the ideas, actions, and…

Protest Through Artistic Expression: The Last Song of Victor Jara

Chile contains a long history of resistance dating back before the time of Allende and Pinochet. In the 1950s and 1960s, many Chileans fought against more conservative governments in attempts to bring about land reform, equality, and social programs. This pushback created a large enough coalition to launch Allende and the Unidad Popular government into…

Defenders of Human Rights: The Catholic Church’s Activism

As a predominantly Catholic nation, Chileans sought leadership from the Catholic Church in the wake of the human rights abuses of the Pinochet regime. From the onset of Pinochet’s ascent to leadership in the 1970s, the United Nations noted that there were grave human rights violations in Chile, specifically via torture or murder.[1] The UN…