Justice for Chile's Victor Jara, None (Yet) for Timor's Francisco Borja da Costa
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Justice for Victor Jara, None (so far) for Timor's Francisco Borja da Costa

Victor Jara and Francisco Borja da Costa

From The New York Times

"Four decades after the bullet-riddled body of the Chilean folk singer Victor Jara was discovered in the mayhem of the military coup that upended his country, Mr. Jara’s family found some measure of justice on Monday in a Florida courtroom.

"A federal jury in Orlando concluded that a former Chilean Army officer who had emigrated to the United States and worked as a short-order cook was liable for the torture and extrajudicial killing of Mr. Jara at the Chilean sports stadium where he was held after the 1973 coup that brought Gen. Augusto Pinochet to power.

"The court awarded Mr. Jara’s family $28 million in damages.

"The former officer, Pedro Pablo Barrientos, 67, a naturalized American citizen and resident of Deltona, Fla., near Daytona Beach, was a defendant in a civil suit brought under an American law aimed at helping victims of human rights violations committed overseas."

Victor Jara was executed on September 15, 1973 during a U.S.-backed coup against the democratically-elected government of Salvador Allende. A poet, theater director, folk singer, teacher and political activist. He was 40 years-old. Cases against Jara's killers have also been brought in Chile. Retired colonel Mario Manriquez Bravo was convicted of the killing in a criminal case in May 2008. In May 2009, José Adolfo Paredes Márquez was charged with Jara's murder. In July 2015, a Chilean judge charged 10 former soldiers with Jara's murder.

Borja da Costa id cardFrancisco Borja da Costa was an East Timorese poet and political activist. He wrote in Tetum and wrote the words to Pátria, the national anthem of the Democratic Republic of East Timor. He also served as Secretary of Information of the FRETILIN national committee. Borja da Costa was murdered in Dili by Indonesian troops on December 7, 1975. He was 30. The invasion was launched a day after U.S. President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger assured the dictator Suharto that they did not object and would continue to provide weapons to the Indonesian military.

see also

Center for Justice and Accountability: Jara v. Barrientos Trial in Orlando: A Full Summary

Octavio Lisboa Octo: Literatura do Francisco Borja da Costa

Human Rights & Justice page

Time to End Impunity for Suharto's Crimes in Indonesia and Timor-Leste

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