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Jaime Castillo Velasco


Jaime Castillo Velasco was a Chilean politician who served as president and vice-president of the Christian Democrat Party on several occasions.

Born in Santiago, he studied at the Liceo Aleman before progressing to a law degree at the University of Chile, from where he graduated in 1935. He later studied philosophy at both the University of Chile and the Sorbonne in Paris.

During the government of Eduardo Frei Montalva, Jaime Castillo was appointed to serve as the Minister of Land and Human Settlement and, later, as Minister of Justice (1966 to 1968).

He was forced into exile in Caracas following the coup d'etat of 11 September 1973 that overthrew President Salvador Allende. That did not prevent him, however, from founding the Chilean Human Rights Commission (Comision Chilena de Derechos Humanos) in 1978, an agency that worked to defend human rights during the de facto government of General Augusto Pinochet. In that capacity, he defended several human rights cases, including cases involving Chilean exiles or the murder of Orlando Letelier. Following the restoration of democracy, President Patricio Aylwin appointed him to the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission (the "Rettig Commission"), which, on 9 February 1991, published the "Rettig Report", analysing the human rights violations committed during the military regime.

Publications

En defensa de Maritain

El problema comunista

Las fuentes de la Democracia Cristiana

Los caminos de la revolucion

Teoria y practica de la Democracia Cristiana

Democracia y Derechos Humanos

El humanismo integral de Jaques Maritain

Violencia y Derechos Humanos

Hubo en Chile violaciones a los Derechos Humanos? Comentarios a las memorias del General Pinochet

La teoria de la abstraccion en el empirismo ingles

Source

The earliest version of this article was translated, with minor modifications, from the corresponding article on the Spanish-language Wikipedia.

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