Lest We Forget

Keeping alive the memory of human rights violations and the suffering systematically caused by the military dictatorship is a prerequisite for healing Chilean society.

On every anniversary of the September 11, 1973 military coup, EPES pays tribute to victims, while also examining today’s challenges to human rights protection.

This year, which marked 44 years since the tragic event, the community health teams and EPES staffvisited the National Stadium. Immediately after the military coup, the National Stadium became the country’s largest concentration camp, but today it has been declared a memorial site. EPES staff and health promoters visited seven sections of the stadium, where more than 20,000 women, men and children (including foreigners from 38 countries) were imprisoned. The visit was a moving experience that helped reclaim historic memory and promote protection of our fundamental human rights.