In a recent talk at the American University of Beirut, Chile’s former
president, Michelle Bachelet, described how her country’s parliament was
forced to issue a general amnesty in 1978, as a condition imposed by
the dictator Augusto Pinochet to abandon power. Yet Chilean judges have
refused to implement the law. Along with a vibrant civil society, they
refuse to grant immunity to those who violated human rights.
While listening to Bachelet, I felt bitter about how Palestinian
refugees in Lebanon have also been the victims of unjust laws, supported
by the bureaucracy and politicians. At the same time, just laws that
might improve the situation of those refugees have not been implemented.
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