January 27, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN's highest court, issued a ruling establishing a new maritime boundary between Peru and Chile on Monday. The ICJ granted Peru some parts of the Pacific Ocean formerly controlled by Chile but left Chile prosperous coastal fishing grounds. The ...[read more]
December 24, 2013
by Stephen Adelgren
A Chilean judge found eight former members of the military guilty of murder on Monday for their roles in killings perpetrated during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The men were members of the "Caravan of Death," a military operation involved in the suppression of political opponents during ...[read more]
October 20, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Sunday declared support of Saudi Arabia's decision to reject a seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) after several Arab ambassadors criticized the decision earlier this week. The UN awarded Saudi Arabia a two-year position on the UNSC Thursday along with Chad, ...[read more]
August 22, 2013
by Endia Vereen
The Supreme Court of Chile on Wednesday approved the extradition of former Argentine judge, Otilio Romano, for human rights crimes. Romano fled to Chile two years ago to avoid trial for his alleged involvement in more than 100 crimes against humanity while working as a prosecutor during the 1976- ...[read more]
August 7, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
Chilean judge Mario Carroza on Monday rejected a request by human rights lawyer Eduardo Contreras to prosecute former general Fernando Matthei for murder. Matthei oversaw the military facility where General Alberto Bachelet was tortured to death in 1973 after Bachelet refused to support the ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism on Monday urged Chilean authorities to refrain from applying anti-terrorism legislation that directly impacts the Mapuche indigenous peoples. Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson made his first official visit to Chile, finding that "the ...[read more]
July 25, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 25, 2011, the Maltese parliament passed legislation that legalized divorce in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. The bill took effect in October 2011. This change was a result of a voter referendum that favored legalizing divorce. Malta was the last EU member state to forbid ...[read more]
March 5, 2013
by Jerry Votava
A Chilean appeals court on Tuesday ordered the suspension of the Punta Alcalde hydroelectric dam project based on environmental concerns. The project is under the management of Endesa, an energy company based in Spain. The suit was brought by local fishermen who claimed the dam project would have ...[read more]
December 3, 2012
by Daniel Mullen
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) began hearings on Monday regarding a longtime border dispute between Chile and Peru. Peru first filed its application with the ICJ in 2008 alleging that Chile refused to enter into negotiations over the disputed maritime border and requesting that the ICJ ...[read more]
September 15, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On September 15, 2005, Chile's Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on charges that he ordered political abductions and murders in the 1970s. The abductions and murders were part of the political campaign "Operation Condor," which commenced in order to ...[read more]

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