The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger has condemned the Chilean Government's "violations?
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On the day the O.A.S. conference opened, the Chilean Government released another 60 prisoners, bringing to 465 the number whose freedom was promised in the last two months. The announcement said only 252 of these had been released so far. However, according to Reuters, several Latin American nations have privately asked Chile to release other prisoners including the Communist Party leader, Luis Corvalan, held without trial since September, 1973. Chile is under growing international pressure to carry out major reforms covering human rights. There have been several reports of atrocities, torture, death and disappearances. But few have been confirmed.
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Background: The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger has condemned the Chilean Government's "violations of elemental international standards of human rights". He also warned that United States relations with Chile would be impaired until reforms were made. Dr. Kissinger's strong comments came during the Organisation of American States (O.A.S.) foreign ministers' meeting in Santiago.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Kissinger arrived in Santiago on Monday for the O.A.S. meeting. And after the airport greetings, left immediately for the conference centre in the city. High on the agenda was the conduct of the host country's government over the violation of human rights involving thousands of its citizens. Reuters quoted Chilean exiles as claiming the military regime had been responsible for torture, murder and imprisonment without trial of its opponents. Reuters, using exile sources, said it was estimated that at least 4,000 people remain in jail for so-called political crimes against the junta.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Kissinger's attack on the Chilean Government was made in the actual building used as the headquarters of the military government. In his speech to the meeting, the Secretary of State called for wider powers for the O.A.S. Human Rights Commission. The commission has investigated conditions in Chilean prisons. And, according to U.S. officials, Dr. Kissinger has won a private promise from Chile that it will expand human rights. However, a special O.A.S. committee report has accused Chile of continuing a brutal official policy of torture and death against opponents. The 191-page report was circulated among delegates shortly before Dr. Kissinger arrived. Simultaneously, five nations demanded Chile grant the O.A.S. absolute freedom to study the state of human rights in the country.