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8 November 2013

Students support work to secure landmark legal judgement

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The legal team with Don Leopoldo Garcia Lucero, his wife Elena and the members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

The legal team with Don Leopoldo Garcia Lucero, his wife Elena and the members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Our students have been working with academics from the Human Rights Centre and School of Law to support the legal team at REDRESS secure a landmark judgement on human rights.

The judgement upholds the right to justice and reparations for exiled torture survivors from Pinochet-era Chile.

This is the first time the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has decided the case of a living survivor of human rights violations under General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, and in particular, someone who has been subject to torture and forced exile. The claim was brought by UK resident Leopoldo García Lucero, who was tortured and arbitrarily detained under the Pinochet regime and has been living in London with his family since he was expelled from Chile in 1975

Our students supported Human Rights Centre director Lorna McGregor and Director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network Clara Sandoval, who were part of the REDRESS legal team. Students were involved in preparations for the hearings including victim testimonies, expert witnesses, cross examinations and final pleadings.

Find out more about the case in our news section.

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