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30. NOVEMBER 2023 | 6:30–8:30 PM

Chile | Lecture and Discussion


18.30-20.30 pm:

Lecture and discussion on “The fight against impunity for crimes against humanity in Chile” with Dr. Juan Garcés (Jurist, Chairman of the Fundación Presidente Allende, Madrid)

Location: Justice Center Bochum, Josef-Neuberger-Str. 1, 44787 Bochum

Admission: free

Admission: From 17:30 hrs. Please arrive early due to the necessary security checks!

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Dr. Juan Garcés is a Spanish jurist, lawyer, legal, political and economic scholar (Sciences-Po Paris y Sorbonne; Universidad Complutense de Madrid) who became the closest personal advisor to President Salvador Allende and survived the 1973 military assault on the Chilean presidential residence that ushered in the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

Garcés was responsible, among other things, for the indictment of General Pinochet for torture and conspiracy, which led to his arrest in England in 1998 and was an important impetus for leading and institutionalizing the fight against impunity worldwide. He represented the families of Chilean Detenidos y “Desaparecidos” (Detained and “Disappeared”) in court. In 1999, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for his efforts to bring Pinochet to justice. In 2004, Garcés successfully sued the Riggs Bank, with whose support Pinochet had taken 10 million US dollars from Chilean state property out of the country and which Garcés distributed to the victims of torture and the families of those murdered and “disappeared” during the dictatorship.

With the same energy, the lawyer pushed forward the case of the Spanish dictator Franco, initiating the social reappraisal of the Franco era in Spain, for which there is still a lot of headwind. Garcés has researched, taught and lectured at universities in France, England, the USA, Spain, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and other countries. In October 1972, he gave a joint lecture in Bonn with Günter Grass, who was present in the Swedish parliament when Garcés was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize in 1999.

Welcome: The President of the Bochum District Court; State Secretary Dr. Daniela Brückner; Knut Rauchfuss (Medizinische Flüchtlingshilfe/ MFH, Bochum); PD Dr. Irmtrud Wojak (Fritz Bauer Forum, Bochum)

ATTENTION: The event will take place in the Justice Center Bochum.

A joint event with the Bochum District Court and in the series of the Bochum Alliance “Solidarity and Remembrance”.

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