The Pinochet Affair

State Terrorism and Global Justice
08 March 2007
Book

This book tells the epic story of the events that surrounded the dramatic arrest of General Augusto Pinochet in London in October 1998.

ISBN/ISSN
  • 1 84277 435 2

TNI and the Pinochet precedent

This book tells the epic story of the events that surrounded the dramatic arrest of General Augusto Pinochet in London in October 1998. Beginning his narrative with the violent military coup that Pinochet led on september 11 1973, Roger Burbach discusses what led the dictator to murder thousands of his own people and to authorize acts of international terrorism in Argentina, Italy and Washington DC. He describes the global clash that ultimately took place in Spain, Britain and Chile to bring him to justice, and the impact the Pinochet afair has had around the world as the global human rights community seeks to establish an international regime of justice.

'... provides vivid portraits of many of the leading human rights activists, lawyers and judges who succeeded in ... making the dictator one of the most ignominious figures of contemporary history.' - Isabel Allende

Key points * The extraordinary and dramatic story of how General Pinochet of Chile came to justice * Explains the wider significance for international human rights law and the principle of universal jurisdiction * A modern political history of Chile and the role played by the US in its affairs

Introduction: The First September 11 That Shook the World

  1. The Dictator's Prelude: Allende, Chile and the Coup The Chilean Road to Socialism The Imperial Adversary A Thousand Days of Drama The Battle of La Moneda
  2. The Formation of a Dictator The Neighborhood Bully Pinochet's Infatuation with Strongmen and Authoritarianism A Sociopath in Constitutional Drag Deceit, Treachery and the "Crucial Day"
  3. Quest for Absolute Power Pinochet's "Total War" DINA and the Consolidation of State Terrorism Eliminating Military Adversaries
  4. Globalization of the Chilean Human Rights Movement The Arduous Birth of the Chilean Human Rights Movement Internationalizing the Human Rights Struggle The United States: Dictators and Double Standards U.S. Assault Against the Left
  5. The Bitter Transition, 1990-1998 Protected Democracy Justice Vs. Impunity Judicial Change The Eve of Pinochet's Departure
  6. The Entrapment of a Dictator Judge Baltesar Garzón Takes Center Stage In Spain Pinochet and the Iron Lady on the London Stage "We Lost Our General" The "Londonazo" in Chile
  7. Five Hundred Days in the British Docket The House of Lords Vs. the General The General's "Rent-a-Mob" in London Back to the Spanish Stage The Autumn of the Patriarch in London The Betrayal of the Politicians
  8. Pinochet's Return and the Reckoning in Chile Juan Guzman: The Judge Who Trapped Pinochet Lagos' Betrayal Pinochet: Hiding Under the Military's Skirts The Indictment of the Dictator The Hounded Dictator in His Liar
  9. Conclusion: State Terrorism Versus the Globalization of Justice State Terrorism and the United States The End of the Cold War and Human Rights The Pinochet Affair and Advances in Human Rights

See also State Terrorism and september 11, 1973 & 2001 The Guardian, 11 September 2003