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Volume 171: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made by Her Majesty's embassy in Santiago to the new Chilean Government concerning human rights and political prisoners; and if he will make a statement.

Shortly before the inauguration of President Aylwin on 11 March, Her Majesty's ambassador wrote to the Minister of Justice-designate to remind him of our concern about excessive delays in the remand procedure under the former regime and its use of military courts to try civilians, and particularly the case of Sra Ledy Castro, since freed on bail.More recently, my right hon. and learned Friend the Lord President of the Council, who attended the celebrations following President Aylwin's inauguration, expressed to the new Chilean Ministers our satisfaction at their approach to the human rights problem.