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Mapuche Case to Go Before the Inter-American Court on Human Rights

According to attorney Jaime Madariaga, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights will hear the case of Aniceto Norin and Pascual Pichún — two Mapuche leaders (lonkos) who were convicted of making terrorist threats under Chile’s Antiterrorism Law in 2003. According to the report, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights — which is part of the Organization of American States system — decided that the matter should go before the Court. Specifically, the case will be against the Chilean Government and the claim will be that Norin and Pichún were deprived of liberty without due process, which amounts to a denial of fundamental human rights. Continue reading

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Commission for the Rights of the Mapuche Holds First Meeting

On Thursday, July 21st, the Commission for the Rights of the Mapuche held its first meeting in Concepción. The Commission was created to address the issues of the Mapuche people, especially with respect to Chile’s Antiterrorism Law. The creation of the Commission grew out of the conviction of four Mapuche individuals whose trial included the use of “secret witnesses” (witnesses whose identities were never revealed to the defendant). In order to protest this application of the Antiterrorism Law to their case, the four individuals went on an 87-day hunger strike and, at its conclusion, formed the Commission for the Rights of the Mapuche with several non-Indigenous allies. Continue reading

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FIDH Representatives Visit Chile to Observe Treatment of Mapuche People

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), which is an umbrella organization for more than 160 human rights organizations globally, sent several representatives to Chile to monitor and assess human rights in the country. Of particular interest to FIDH is the relationship between the Chilean Government and the Mapuche people, particularly with respect to the Antiterrorism Law. The FIDH representatives will be in the country all week, but have already expressed their concern about how the Mapuche are being treated under the law and are interested in encouraging the Chilean Government to make changes to the Antiterrorism Law. Continue reading

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Report: Chile Represses Mapuche people, but Number of Mapuche Criminally Processed is Down

According to the Ethics Commission Against Torture’s (la Comisión Ética contra la Tortura) annual report, the Chilean Government continues to repress the Mapuche people, however, the number of Mapuche individuals criminally processed has declined significantly in the last year. In July of 2010, the number of Mapuche individuals who were officially jailed, indicted or convicted was 106, but as of May 2011 that number had dropped to 62. During that eleven month period, the report indicates that 27 Mapuche cases have resulted in acquittals. Continue reading

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Mapuche End Hunger Strike of 87 Days; Form Commission

Late on Thursday, June 9th, the four Mapuche prisoners who had been on a hunger strike for 87 days made the decision to end their strike. They began the strike in March to protest alleged due process violations in the trial against them. Last Friday, June 3rd, the Supreme Court rejected the Mapuche individuals’ arguments. Yesterday the end of the hunger strike coincided with the formation of a Commission on the Rights of the Mapuche People, which includes both Mapuche and non-Mapuche individuals who will work together to ensure the protection and realization of rights for the Mapuche people. Continue reading

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Mapuche Continue Strike, Protestors Arrested, and Government Responds to Court Decision

On Friday, June 3rd, the Chilean Supreme Court announced that it was partially annulling the sentences of four Mapuche individuals who were originally convicted of attempted murder and armed robbery. The individuals – in protest of the alleged violation of their rights – had been on a hunger strike for more than 80 days at the time the decision was announced. In the hours that followed, responses to the Court’s decision came from many people and took many forms. Continue reading

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Chilean Supreme Court Partially Annuls Sentences of Mapuche Hunger Strikers

The Chilean Supreme Court announced today (June 3rd) that it was annulling, in part, the sentences of four Mapuche individuals who, in February, were convicted of attempted murder and assault. The individuals immediately appealed that conviction on the grounds of due process violations and simultaneously began a hunger strike that has continued for more than 80 days. Originally, the four were sentenced to between 20 and 25 years in prison (for the two crimes), but today the Supreme Court reduced the total sentence to between 8 and 14 years in prison, depending on the individual. According to a spokesperson for the prisoners, the Mapuche will continue their hunger strike. 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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Mapuche Juvenile Processed Under Antiterrorism Law

On Saturday, April 30th, a Mapuche juvenile (either 16 or 17, depending on the report) was detained and, ultimately, arrested and processed for four crimes under Chile’s Antiterrorism Law. Specifically, the youth was processed for having violated the arson, association (with terrorists), attempted terrorist murder and armed robbery sections of the Antiterrorism Law.  Continue reading

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ILO Committee of Experts Requests Information from Government

Earlier this year, the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, issued its annual report for 2010 including observations related to the implementation of ILO conventions in countries around the world. This was the first report to include Chile’s progress on implementing Convention 169 Continue reading

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