The reclusive Colonia Dignidad was the scene of torture and murder during the time of Chile's military dictatorship. Hardly anyone was allowed off the grounds. Now Germany's foreign office has promised to examine the colony's dark past.
Twenty former Chilean intelligence agents have been jailed over forced disappearances during the Pinochet dictatorship. The crimes were committed under Operation Condor — a secret campaign to wipe out the opposition.
The government has until the end of the month to come up with a plan to deal with the aftermath of the notorious German-led cult in Chile. But activists fear that the government won't meet the deadline.
Persecuted under Pinochet, educated in East Germany, and the first female president of Chile — Bachelet has led a remarkable path to the UN. Her mandate as the body's Human Rights Commissioner began Saturday.
The two-term Chilean president will replace Jordan's Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, a sharp critic of Donald Trump's policies. This is not the first time Bachelet, a torture survivor, is taking a role at the world body.
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