From a recent report by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs:

Human rights conditions in Chile, which had gravely deteriorated in 1984, remained at least as poor if not worse in 1985 despite the lifting June 16 of the seven-month state of siege. Abuses in the country occurred on such a broad scale throughout the year that Pinochet's rights record ranks Chile as the worst violator in South America and one of the poorest in the hemishpere. A Dec. 10 report by the Chilean Human Rights Commission counted 169 banishments, 7,518 political detentions and 61 deaths at the hands of security forces. Further figures compile an indicting litany of torture, harassment, threats and censorship. In addition, Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet's rejection of the National Accord, a loose but comprehensive coalition of leftist, rightist and centrist political groups brought together by the country's Cardinal Primate and committed to a peaceful transition to civilian rule, make clear his intention not to follow the lead of many of his South American neighbors in moving towards democratization.

Though the lifting of the state of siege at mid-year was, in itself, taken by the Reagan administration as sufficient proof of improvement in human rights to justify the United States voting in favor of international loans to Chile in June, repression in the second half of the year continued to be widespread. Even without the state of siege, other states of legal exception, particularly the state of emergency, guarantee the authorities broad discretion to violate civil rights, though mere suspension of civil rights pales in view of the torture, intimidation and murder attributed to the security forces and anticommunist paramilitary groups.