Solidarity for Chile, transnational activism and the evolution of human rights

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This article discusses British manifestations of opposition to Pinochet’s regime including the Chile Solidarity Campaign (CSC), the Chile Committee for Human Rights (CCHR) and Amnesty International (AI). It explores the intricacies of the evolution of human rights and its position as a political language through assessing their activities on Chile during the 1970s and 1980s. Chile was seen as a crucial moment in the “breakthrough” of a transnational politics of human rights, but assessing opposition to the Chilean regime also exposes a series of fractures within the transnational currents of the 1970s. At the heart of campaigns against the junta were a series of fissures, or points of tension; between “national” and “global”; between conceptualization of human rights and solidarity and, perhaps most significantly, between progressive forms of transnationalism and alternative globalizing forces with more ambiguous moral or political groundings. Chile helped expand the resonance of human rights, but also shows the complexities of this ascent, the ambiguities of this evolution and its legacies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115 – 136
Number of pages21
JournalMoving the Social: Journal of Social History and the History of Social Movements
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2017


  • Human Rights
  • Social Movements
  • Chile Solidarity
  • Transnational Activism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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