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Chilean President Proposes Reparations for Torture Victims

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.