The Corporation for the Promotion and Defense of the Rights of the People – CODEPU- is a non-governmental Human Rights organization founded during the military dictatorship, on November 8, 1980. For 30 years, it has been assisting victimos of human rights violations and their families fight against impunity.

The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH),
the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT),
the International Society for Health and Human Rights (ISSHR),
the International League for the Rights and Liberation of Peoples.

President: Luis Arellano Pastenes
Secretary: Andrés Vera Quiroz
Treasurer: Belén Castillo Navarrete
Director: Mario Gonzalez Rifo
Director: Dominique Arellano Pino
Director: Enrique Faúndez Acuña
Director: Hiram Villagra Castro

Executive Secretary: Raúl Flores Castillo
Email: codepu@gmail.com


The dove, CODEPU’s logo was designed by Fernando Vergara Vargas (1948-1984), a former political prisoner, expelled from the country and exiled in Mexico. His training as a designer began at the Ramona Parra Brigade and continued at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Chile.

His works in Mexico were exhibited in Art Galleries; On two occasions he won design competitions. His signs and posters toured the world.

He drew this dove thinking about her daughter Barbara. At the beginning of December 1984, he handed it to his daughter’s mother. He lived in hiding in Chile, engaged in the fight against the dictatorship.

Fernando was killed by the security forces of the Pinochet regime on December 15, 1984, on Santa Elvira Street, in Santiago.

A year later, his friends and colleagues donated this dove to CODEPU, which has since become the Logo of the institution.

CODEPU’s address: Paseo Bulnes 188, Department 62, Santiago Centro, Chile.

Fax: (56) 22699 85 40