Earlier this week, the lower house of Congress approved the Senate modifications to a bill aimed at reforming the Military Justice Code. The bill will now pass to the President for his approval.
The reforms, which were a central part of the Mapuche Hunger Strike and a part of the 5-point agreement reached with the government to end the strike, are principally aimed at excluding civilians from the jurisdiction of military tribunals. The newly-passed reform also requires that any cases involving civilians that are currently before military tribunals be transferred to ordinary courts within six months of the law going into effect.
Following the vote, representatives from various political parties expressed their respective party’s support for the reforms, generally highlighting the importance of the current reforms to more clearly define the jurisdiction of the military tribunals. Some also noted these reforms as an important first step towards a more complete reform of the military justice system that the Government has announced it will undertake in the next year.