In September 1973, a violent coup d’état ended President Salvador Allende’s government and established a right-wing state in Chile. Democratic institutions across the nation were closed and replaced by a brutal military dictatorship, launching a campaign of repression and systematic elimination of opponents to the state. Thousands of citizens were detained and “disappeared” while others survived the clandestine centers of detention and torture during the 17-year period of state terrorism.
Founded in 1996, Corporación Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi (Villa Grimaldi Park for Peace Corporation) strives to preserve the historical memory of Villa Grimaldi and other centers of torture and detention; to promote a culture of human rights; to develop programs and activities to achieve the above goals; and to manage, conserve and promote the Parque de la Paz (Park for Peace) for the benefit of the community of Peñalolén.
The 2010 UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights was awarded to Asma Jahangir, a renowned human rights defender and lawyer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Alongside the prize, UNESCO also awarded Corporación Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi an Honorable Mention for its contribution to building a universal culture of human rights.
The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is pleased to congratulate Villa Grimaldi Peace Park for UNESCO’s recognition that it has made outstanding efforts to use its history as a former detention center to engage people today in a variety of contemporary human rights issues.Home »