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Our Conference, “Human Rights Abuses: Expose the Cover-Ups”, to be held at the UW School of Law on October 14th  brings together many important human rights advocates to share information and strategies.  To register, go to


We applaud the efforts of the Center for Justice and Accountability, one of the conveners of the Conference,  in starting trial today against the member of the Chilean military responsible for the murder of Chilean folksinger Victor Jara.  We received this post from C. Dixon Osburn, Executive Director of CJA.

Today marks the beginning of the historic trial against Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez, a former Pinochet-era military official and Florida resident who is alleged to have been responsible for the torture and murder of Chilean folksinger Víctor Jara.


Jara was imprisoned, tortured, and executed at Chile Stadium during the early days of the brutal military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet on September 11, 1973. His torture and death have come to symbolize the suffering of all those detained, tortured, and killed at Chile Stadium, many of whom have yet to be identified.
For the first time in any trial, the proceedings will bring a former Chilean military official responsible for the death of Víctor Jara to justice. The proceedings are also expected to shed light on the events that transpired at Chile Stadium in the first days of the coup in 1973, which have remained shrouded in mystery for over forty years. CJA’s case will be an important step towards justice for the victims of Chile Stadium and their families.
On behalf of Víctor Jara’s surviving wife and children, CJA and Chadbourne & Parke, LLP, filed a civil suit against Barrientos on September 4, 2013 before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The complaint alleges that Barrientos was responsible for the torture and execution of Jara during the mass detention of thousands of intellectuals, political leaders and perceived political supporters of the Allende government at Chile Stadium immediately after the coup.
CJA and Chadbourne & Parke will present evidence of the torture and summary execution of Víctor Jara through the testimony of Joan Jara, Víctor Jara’s widow; Amanda Jara and Manuela Bunster, Víctor Jara’s daughters; Chilean journalist Mónica González; Professor Steven Stern, the Alberto Flores Galindo and Hilldale Professor of History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and others. A jury will be asked to find Barrientos legally responsible and to award compensatory and punitive damages.
Follow CJA’s Facebook and Twitter pages for regular updates on the trial, and we look forward to announcing the verdict in a few weeks!
As always, thank you for your support, which makes our work possible!


In thanks,

Dixon Osburn

Executive Director

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