"It was a moment of effervescence in the human rights community". That's the view of Reed Brody, one of the lawyers involved when the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested for human rights violations, exactly 20 years ago. Pinochet was detained in the UK, the first time a former head of state had ever been arrested on the principle of universal jurisdiction. Although he died before facing trial, his arrest paved the way for other victim-propelled cases that Brody has handled.
Brody says no victim will ever give up trying to achieve justice when truly terrible things have happened to them or their family. "The passage of time does not heal that," he told FRANCE 24.