15/07/2017 Society

Germany welcomes bilateral commission on Colonia Dignidad

Human rights activists have termed as positive the end of a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a Chilean-German Joint Commission to deal with the historical memory of the former Colonia Dignidad and the insertion of victims in the society.




Chile and Germany, through this Joint Commission, have reaffirmed their pledge of close cooperation and confidence to address a series of elements closely related to the former Colonia Dignidad.

The Memorandum of Understanding is based on a German Parliament resolution on the subject, taken at the end of June.

Jan Stehle, an expert from the Berlin-based Center for Chile-America (FDCL) Research and Documentation, welcomed this resolution as 'the result of a struggle over years and decades by Chilean and German victims and their relatives, human rights defenders, journalists and lawyers'.

'We should make sure that does not happen again,' Stehle said.

Among the goals agreed this week between Germany and Chile are the establishment of a documentation center for recalling the history of this placer, particularly crimes and violations of human rights committed.

Finally, the Memorandum of Understanding, signed by the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dieter Lamle, and the Chilean ambassador to Germany, Patricio Pradel, foresees the investigation of the assets associated with the former Colonia Dignidad.