Chile's President Ricardo Lagos has proposed reparation payments for
thousands of Chileans tortured by the government during the military
dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
Mr. Lagos said Sunday he will ask Congress to approve compensation for
at least 28,000 victims, including a monthly pension of about 190
dollars, and health and education benefits.
President Lagos said he based his decision on a new report on human
rights abuses committed during General Pinochet's rule from 1973 to
Chilean army officials recently said human rights abuses during that
period were institutional and not only the actions of a few people.
Chile's government estimates some 3,000 people were killed for political
reasons from 1973 to 1990.
Some information provided by AP and Reuters.