Memory as a Pillar for Democracy and Reconciliation in Chile

Publicado el miércoles 9, marzo 2016

Published by Harvard University David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Achieving reconciliation in societies that have experienced a major crisis requires a national effort to bring out what happened, to understand what went wrong, and to draw lessons from it. We must resist the temptation simply to put the past behind us. Real reconciliation can only be achieved if we create institutions that respect and guarantee the rights of all sectors of society and enable disagreements to be resolved in a democratic fashion. Reconciliation cannot, therefore, occur while ignoring the past. Learning from our collective experience is a fundamental step in building a common future and lasting reconciliation. In the case of Chile, it is important to remember the human rights violations committed by the civic-military dictatorship from 1973 to
1989, and also to understand and acknowledge the political and economic conditions that led to the coup.