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More Violence Erupts in Ercilla; 7 Mapuche and 3 Police Injured

On Thursday, June 7th, another police raid erupted into violence at the Mapuche community Wente Winkul Mapu in the sector Chequenco Alto of the comuna of Ercilla.  According to the Chilean government, the police (carabineros) were ordered to arrest a Mapuche individual named Erik Montoya who is accused of attempting to kill a police officer and a farmer in an incident in October of 2011.  There are conflicting reports on how the events unfolded, but it is clear that seven Mapuche individuals sustained injuries — including two juveniles — and three police officers were also hurt in the encounter.  Two Mapuche individuals were also arrested during the raid. Continue reading

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Rapa Nui March After Legislation to Limit Visitors on Easter Island Fails

On Saturday, December 3rd, approximately 400 Rapa Nui people marched to express their disappointment about recent legislation that failed to get through Chile’s lower branch of Congress, the Chamber of Deputies (la Cámara de Diputados). The legislation, if passed, would have limited the number of visitors to Easter Island as well as the number of individuals who could move and set-up residency on the Island. Although the legislation failed to get through the Chamber, it has not died completely and will make its way to a joint committee that will re-examine the law and offer suggested modifications. Continue reading

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Chamber of Deputies Requests President Piñera to Repeal Decree 124 on Indigenous Consultation

In a vote that took place on Friday, November 18th, Chile’s Chamber of Deputies (the lower house of the Chilean Congress) voted on and passed a resolution requesting the President to repeal Decree 124 on Indigenous consultation. The decision passed easily with 58 votes in favor, one against, and with 14 abstentions. The news is a positive step towards eliminating Decree 124, which has widely been criticized as not complying with international Indigenous rights documents and norms. Continue reading

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Chilean Deputies Ask President to Pardon Aymara Woman on Cultural Grounds

On Friday, October 14th, the Chilean Chamber of Deputies (equivalent to the U.S. House of Representatives) voted to ask President Piñera to pardon Gabriela Blas, an Aymara woman who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the accidental death of her son. The draft agreement was brought to the floor by Deputy Orlando Vargas (PPD) and received 54 votes in favor as well as one abstention. The agreement not only requested a pardon, but provided legal arguments to support such a decision. Continue reading

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