Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (18 December) on the report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on the many severe human rights violations during unrest in Chile:
The report now submitted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) confirms that violence against peaceful demonstrators on the part of the police and military has often been totally disproportionate and without cause. I condemn mistreatment in prison, mock executions and sexual violence, which is targeted in particular against women, girls and members of the LGBTI community, in the strongest possible terms.
I call on those in positions of responsibility to vigorously prosecute all human rights violations and crimes committed and to bring the perpetrators to justice. The Chilean state must now, as a matter of urgency, show determination in its investigations as well as undertake tangible steps to avoid a renewed escalation of the violence. Initial important steps were taken with the transparency and cooperation shown towards the UN mission. I call on the Chilean Government to comply with the High Commissioner’s reform recommendations. Germany is also prepared to offer Chile its support if and when this is desired.
I expressly support the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ calls to bring together stakeholders from civil society and academia, as well as government representatives and the private sector in order to get to the bottom of the structural causes of the protests. I call on the Chilean Government to involve all sectors of society, including the indigenous peoples of Chile, in the drafting of the new constitution.
The mission seconded to Chile by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to investigate the allegations against the security forces during recent unrest submitted its report on 13 December. The UN experts have confirmed what eye witness reports, photos and video footage have shown the world for weeks, namely that there have been numerous, at times large-scale, attacks and serious human rights violations, including torture. There have been deaths and injuries and many people have suffered life-changing consequences such as blindness in one eye.
With outrageous numbers around state the repression and no certainty about the demands of the people the world witnesses an ongoing abuse of power and systematic violations to the Human Rights in the hands of Carabineros de Chile (chilean police) and the military.
This is the report from the Human Rights Watch: Chile: Police Reforms Needed in the Wake of Protests.
And here’s the latest report from the INDH:
- Date: November 25th, 2019.
- People visited in Police Station: 7.259.
- Wounded in Hospitals: 2.808.
- People with eyes wound/loss: 232.
- Legal actions presented: 499.
- Manifestations watched: 161.
“President Sebastián Piñera has clearly not taken all the measures open to him to stop the grave human rights violations and possible crimes under international law that have kept occurring in Chile since the beginning of the social protests”.
Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.
“How can the Chilean government play down the seriousness of these events, which continue happening daily? It should take urgent measures to stop this.”
Ana Piquer, executive director of Amnesty International Chile.
Song “Candles and bullets” by Rebeca Lane and Vaioflow.
More than 50 complaints of sexual violence have been filed in the last month. The Chilean Collective Abroad Against Sexual Political Violence has begun to denounce it worldwide:
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
- Auckland, New Zealand.
- Bristol, United Kingdom.
- Brussels, Belgium.
- Chicago, USA.
- Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Dublin, Ireland.
- Edinburgh, Scotland.
- Granada, Spain.
- London, United Kingdom.
- Madrid, Spain.
- Mannheim, Germany.
- Melbourne, Australia.
- Nairobi, Kenya.
- Paris, France.
- Quito, Ecuador.
- Sevilla, Spain.
- Sydney, Australia.
- Santa Monica, USA.
We will not rest until we do justice.