Interview with José Zalaquett

José Zalaquett was a founder of the Chilean Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Soon after Pinochet came to power, Mr. Zalaquett became involved with El Comité Pro Paz, which aimed to defend victims of human rights abuses.  During this time, Mr. Zalaquett was imprisoned twice for the work he was doing and subsequently exiled from Chile in 1975.  From 1979 to 1982 he served as the head of the International Executive Committee.  Upon his return, 11 years later, he was assigned by President Patricio Aylwin to lead the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission in its effort to investigate the human rights violations perpetrated by the former regime.  Mr. Zalaquett continued his commitment to human rights work by serving as a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  In this interview he provides a first hand account of his extensive work.

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