Pinochet Watch archives
Archives of Pinochet Watch, a former electronic news service of the Institute for Policy Studies.
The Institute for Policy Studies has been a leading voice in the struggle to bring former Chilean General Augusto Pinochet to justice since it lost two of its colleagues at the hands of agents of the Pinochet regime. Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt were killed in a car bombing at Sheridan Circle in Washington, DC on September 21, 1976. Letelier had been the ambassador to the United States and the Defense Minister under Salvador Allende, the democratically elected socialist president of Chile who died during Pinochet’s bloody coup. He and Moffitt, a 25-year-old development assistant, both worked at IPS at the time of their death.
Since that horrible event, IPS has been involved in ensuring that the memory of Letelier and Moffitt and other victims of Pinochet would not be forgotten. Every year IPS holds a memorial service at Sheridan Circle and a human rights awards program in the name of Letelier and Moffitt; IPS has also cooperated closely with the US and Chilean investigations into their death.