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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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Indigenous Leaders Conclude Meetings with Congress, Call for Repeal of Decree 124

On October 4th and 5th, several hundred Indigenous leaders from all over Chile met with the Chilean Congress primarily to discuss the issue of consultation. The two-day event was called the National Parliamentary Meeting between Indigenous Peoples and the National Congress (Encuentro Nacional Parlamentario entre Pueblos Indígenas y el Congreso Nacional), and while little has been reported about what was accomplished thus far, it has come out that the Indigenous peoples banned together to ask for Congress’ assistance to repeal Decree 124 — the law that currently guides how consultation with Indigenous peoples functions in most circumstances. Continue reading

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Chilean Government to Consider Repealing Decree 124 on Indigenous Consultation

On Tuesday, September 13th, MIDEPLAN (the Ministry of Planning) decided to accept a request to invalidate Decree 124 on Indigenous consultation. This decision does not mean that Decree 124 is currently invalid, but rather that MIDEPLAN will have an administrative proceeding to consider repealing the Decree. Since its passage, Decree 124 has been widely criticized by Indigenous peoples and international law experts for not complying with ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous rights. Continue reading

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More Than 100 Indigenous Communities and Organizations Sign Declaration About Consultation in Chile

On September 3rd and 4th, a major meeting of Indigenous leaders took place in Santiago, Chile. The meeting was wholly arranged by Indigenous peoples and was intended only for their participation, so that they could meet and discuss a number of issues — most notably those issues related to Chile’s consultation process. On Thursday, September 8th, the work of that meeting resulted in the public release of a declaration condemning Chile’s current consultation policy and calling for a number of reforms. The declaration –which is available here in Spanish — was supported by well over 100 Indigenous communities and organizations, including representatives from at least eight of Chile’s nine recognized peoples. Continue reading

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Senate Annuls Vote that Requested Repeal of Decree No. 124 and Suspension of Consultation

On Thursday, August 12th, the Senate decided to annul a vote that was taken last week. The vote originally stated that the Senate would request President Piñera to repeal Decree 124 and suspend the national indigenous consultation process being undertaken by the Chilean government currently. The decision to annul the vote was based on the fact that one Senator — Senator García Ruminot (RN) — claimed his vote was counted in favor of the Senate agreement when, in fact, he was not present for the vote. Although the loss of Senator Ruminot’s vote would not alter the decision, the Senate decided they would hold a revote on the issue on Tuesday, August 16th. 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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Chile’s Human Rights Commission Calls for Halting of Indigenous Consultation Process

On Friday, June 17th, the Human Right Commission — which is a commission in Chile’s lower house of Congress — announced that it was in favor of stopping the major consultation efforts the Chilean Government has planned for the next several months.  The statement came from Deputy Sergio Ojeda, who heads the commission, and was in response to a request made by various Indigenous organizations. However, it is the executive branch that is carrying out the consultation plan, therefore the Human Rights Commission cannot halt the process on its own, but they did compose and send a letter to members of the executive branch requesting that they stop the process immediately. 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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Annual Human Rights Report Criticizes Chile’s Indigenous Jurisprudence

On Monday, the Human Rights Center of the Universidad Diego Portales Law School launched its Annual Human Rights Report (available for download here) for the eighth consecutive year.  The Annual Report is a comprehensive review and analysis that highlights the major human rights issues of the past year. Continue reading

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Indigenous Organizations Appeal to ILO Representative Concerning Right to Consultation

This week, in the context of a symposium organized by the labor union Central Unitaria de Trabajadores (CUT) in Chile, the ILO Director of International Labor Standards, Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, is visiting Chile. Continue reading

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