Amnesty Law of 1978

Amnesty Law of 1978
   Also known as Decree Law 2191. Promulgated on 19 April 1978 by the Chilean junta, the law absolved the military and the police of human-rights abuses committed from 11 September 1973, the day of the coup, to 10 March 1978. The law was partly overturned on 17 November 2004, when the Supreme Court ruled that the amnesty did not cover cases of disappearance. The court argued that when bodies were never recovered, there was no proof of death, and therefore the crimes remained in progress. The ruling opened the door for hundreds of prosecutions.

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