UN High Commissioner Denies Involvement in Ending the Mapuche Hunger Strike

Late on Thursday, June 9th, the Mapuche prisoners who had been on hunger strike for 87 days ended their strike and simultaneously announced the creation of the Commission on the Rights of the Mapuche People. Several non-Mapuche reportedly signed the document that discussed the creation of that Commission, including the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights — Amerigo Incalcaterra. On Friday, June 10th, Amerigo Incalcaterra released a statement clarifying that he did not participate in ending the hunger strike nor did he sign the public statements released by the hunger strikers on June 9th.

Specifically, Incalcaterra called on those who participated in the meeting to “clarify and rectify” the situation and the UN High Commissioner’s role in it. After receiving this request from Incalcaterra, several Chilean news sites released statements indicating what the Commissioner had requested. In addition, Lorena Fries, the National Human Rights Institute in Chile, who had also signed the document, indicated that including Incalcaterra’s name was simply the result of a misunderstanding.

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