December 8, 2021

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Two years after the social upheaval in Chile, impunity prevails

SANTIAGO DE CILI, Human Rights Defenders in Chile today condemned the small improvement in the investigation and punishment of those responsible for the repression during the social upheaval that began two years ago on October 18 (Brenza Latina).

According to the Children’s Ombudsman Report released on Monday, 1,314 children and adolescents between the ages of 14 and 17 were victims of their human rights abuses during the 2019 struggles, 35 percent of whom suffered eye trauma.

The agency Carabineros (Military Police) detected 83 percent of the crimes, followed by the Army (3), the Intelligence Police (2.5) and the Navy (0.5).

Of all the cases, only 29 per cent are still in practice in the public ministry, and only one per cent of them have been formalized by a police officer for these cases, the ombudsman’s office said.

Patricia Munoz, the ombudsman for children, said it was a “transparent expression of impunity” and regretted the lack of strong responses from an organization that should not only ensure diligence in the investigation, but also provide consistent and proportionate approval for the damage. Includes.

Carlos Marcotta, chairman of the Chilean Human Rights Commission, agreed with Munoz for the outstanding debts on the issue during the second anniversary of the October 8 social uprising.

“At the federal level, police repression continues and the government continues to use it despite international recommendations,” he told radio Universidad de Chile.

On the other hand, he said that the organizations responsible for investigating, attempting and punishing those responsible for serious and systematic human rights abuses exercised by this government to stop social opposition were not fulfilling their duty.

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Although Marcotta has made progress towards a new constitution, the dictatorial Magna Carta is still in force and basic rights such as education, health and social security continue to be neglected.

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