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Fabiola Letelier del Solar

Fabiola Letelier Del Solar was born in Temuco on July 17, 1929. She is the second of three children. From a very young age, the misery suffered by the poorest in her hometown remained in her memory, so she decided several years later to study law at the University of Chile, from where she graduated in 1963.

From then on, she began her path of no return in the defense and promotion of human rights. Thus, from 1974 to 1976, she was executive reception secretary for the Chilean delegation to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in the Third World. At the same time, she divided tasks to dedicate herself together with six other lawyers to make up the legal team of the Pro Paz Committee. Then Fabiola followed her legal work in the Vicaría de la Solidaridad until 1980.

At the beginning of the 1980s, she was a co-founder of the Committee for the Defense of the People’s Rights (CODEPU), where she was president and legal director until 1998.

In 1980 she was also elected to the constituent board of directors of the Latin American Association for Human Rights. Since that time, she has also been a member of the American Association of Jurists.

Among various contributions, she helped create the International Criminal Court and collaborated with the Spanish judge Baltazar Garzón to prosecute Augusto Pinochet.

For all these facts, plus her unwavering fight, raising her voice for justice, the Council of the National Institute of Human Rights awards the National Human Rights Award to Fabiola Letelier.