Congressional Commission to Examine Indigenous Issues

Congressman Gonzalo Arenas (Unión Democrática Independiente), who represents 8 comunas in the Araucania Region of southern Chile, called for the Chilean government to guarantee the rights of the Mapuche people through legislative reform and consultation on decisions made concerning indigenous peoples.

The statements were made in the context of a discussion surrounding Chile’s obligations under ILO Convention 169, and the quickly-approaching deadline for the government’s first report on the status of its implementation efforts. In that regard, Arenas acknowledged the slow progress made towards implementation. The Congressional Foreign Relations Commission (Comisión de Relaciones Exteriores), on which Arenas serves, will hold a special session to address these issues, indicating that representatives from the ILO, the President, and the State Department would be invited.

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