Author Archives: Laura Seelau

About Laura Seelau

Laura Seelau graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Law (JD) and Latin American Studies (MA). She has experience working for the United Nations on projects related to indigenous peoples. Specifically, she studied under and worked for James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples. Laura is an expert on international law and has presented on the topic in both English and Spanish on numerous occasions.

Supreme Court Issues Another Decision Addressing Police Violence in Mapuche Communities

On January 5, 2012, the Chilean Supreme Court upheld a ruling in favor of a Mapuche youth from Temucuicui that originated in the Court of Appeals in Temuco.  The case arose following an altercation between police forces and Mapuche community members in Temucuicui on December 8th, during which the police detained Felipe Marillán Morales, a 12-year-old minor.  It is the second case in recent weeks to address the legality of police operations in the Araucanía region. Continue reading

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Chilean Court Cases Addressing Convention 169: December Update

Since Chile ratified ILO Convention 169 in 2008, a number of court cases have been brought in domestic courts alleging violations of various provisions of the Convention. In the interest of making these cases more widely known, we will be regularly posting a list of the cases, along with their citations. Continue reading

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More than 10,000 March Against Colonialism in Chile

On Monday, October 10th, more than 10,000 people marched in Santiago to show their support for Indigenous peoples and to draw attention to more than 500 years of colonialism. The march is the topic of our latest column on I Love Chile News, which you can read here.

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Chilean Senate Rejects Resolution Favoring the Ongoing Indigenous Consultation Process

Last Tuesday, the Chilean Senate voted to not adopt a proposed resolution aimed at giving Senate support to the ongoing national consultation process with indigenous peoples that has been unfolding in Chile over the last several months. The resolution in question was originally presented by a group of 13 Senators in early August. Essentially, the text of the resolution was aimed at having the Senate give express approval to the National Consultation on Indigenous Institutions and then communicating that support to international institutions at both the UN and ILO.  The Senate voted 13 to 12 against the resolution. Continue reading

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Senate Agreement Requests Repeal of Decree No. 124 and Suspension of Consultation

On Wednesday, August 3rd, the Senate in Chile voted to approve an agreement requesting that the Chilean government repeal MIDEPLAN Decree No. 124, which seeks to regulate consultation, and to suspend the current national consultation process that the Government is undertaking with indigenous peoples.   Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Atacameño Communities; Orders Consultation

Yesterday, July 13th, the Chilean Supreme Court issued another important decision addressing ILO Convention 169, and in particular, the right to consultation. The Court broke with its recent pattern of rejecting Indigenous claims based on the right to consultation, and in this decision they ruled in favor of the Atacameño communities that brought the case and ordered the Government to consult. Continue reading

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Chilean Court Cases Addressing Convention 169: June update

Since Chile ratified ILO Convention 169 in 2008, a number of court cases have been brought in domestic courts alleging violations of various provisions of the Convention. In the interest of making these cases more widely known, we will be regularly posting a list of the cases, along with their citations. Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rejects Claim Brought by Aymara Communities

Last week, the third chamber of the Chilean Supreme Court issued its ruling in a case which sought to halt the “Catanave mining project” in northern Chile on the basis that the government had not carried out consultation with the affected Aymara indigenous people. The Arica Court of Appeals had rejected the claims of the Aymara communities that filed the suit and the Supreme Court upheld that decision. Continue reading

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Supreme Court Begins Review of Mapuche Convictions

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court in Chile initiated its review of the petition to annul the judgment against four Mapuche political prisoners who were convicted under the Antiterrorism Law two months ago in relation to attacks that allegedly occurred in October 2008.   Continue reading

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Chilean Court Cases Addressing Convention 169: May Update

Since Chile ratified ILO Convention 169 in 2008, a number of court cases have been brought in domestic courts alleging violations of various provisions of the Convention. In the interest of making these cases more widely known, we will be regularly posting a list of the cases, along with their citations. Continue reading

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