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After 70 Days on Hunger Strike, Mapuche Prisoner Hospitalized

On Tuesday afternoon, May 24th, after 70 days of hunger striking, Ramón Llanquileo was hospitalized due to complications from his fasting. Llanquileo was taken to a hospital in Los Ángeles for observation and treatment. He had briefly been taken to the hospital last week for heart problems, but was relatively quickly returned to the prison. According to Natividad Llanquileo, who speaks for the prisoners, Llanquileo and the other three strikes are in stable condition although they continue to weaken. Continue reading

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Mapuche Continue Hunger Strike; One Hospitalized

On Thursday, May 19th, one of the four Mapuche prisoners who have been on a hunger strike for 66 days was hospitalized. Specifically, Ramón Llanquileo was taken to the hospital in Angol due to several health problems — most notably related to his heart rate. According to one report, Llanquileo was not actually treated at the hospital due to some procedural problems, but was instead returned to the prison. Llanquileo is one of four Mapuche prisoners who have been striking to protest alleged due process violations that occurred in a trial in which all four were convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. 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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Appellate Court Rules that Mapuches on Hunger Strike can be Force Fed

On Wednesday, May 4th, the Appellate Court in Temuco upheld an order of protection that would allow four Mapuche prisoners who are currently on a hunger strike to receive medical care and be force fed in the event of an emergency. The application was made by the prison in Angol where the prisoners are being held. Thus far the four Mapuche have neither been force fed, nor taken to the hospital. Continue reading

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Chile Supreme Court to Hear Case of Mapuches Convicted of Attempted Murder

On Monday, May 2nd, the Chilean Supreme Court made the decision to accept the appeal from four Mapuche individuals who were convicted of armed robbery and attempted murder last February. The decision to hear the case came thirty days after the appeal was filed and came as a surprise to some. An official time and date for the proceedings has not been set, but it could take place as early as next week. Continue reading

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Argentina: Qom Community (Toba) Begin Hunger Strike, Stop Traffic

On Monday, April 25th, at least fifteen members of the Qom community (of the Toba people) began a hunger strike in Buenos Aires because, they claim, the Argentine Government has not upheld promises it has made in the past, largely related to land. In addition to the hunger strike, more than 150 community members along with other supporters have been protesting and blocking traffic at an intersection in the capital city for the past four days. Joining the demonstrators in their claims is a growing chorus of support both nationally and internationally. Continue reading

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Mapuche Reach Day Forty-Two of Their Hunger Strike

Four Mapuche prisoners – Héctor Llaitul, Ramón Llanquileo, José Huenuche and Jonathan Huillical – continue their hunger strike that began 42 days ago on March 15, 2011. The four prisoners began their strike after a verdict was announced convicting them of the attempted murder of a Chilean prosecutor, which carried with it sentences of between 20 and 25 years. The four Mapuche individuals claim that procedural irregularities (i.e. the use of “secret witnesses”) require that the verdict be declared invalid and that the case be ruled a mistrial. The Supreme Court has received their petition in this regard and has two months to make a ruling on it. Continue reading

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Seventeen Mapuche Acquitted of Terrorism Charges

On Tuesday, February 22nd, the Court of Cañete announced that the seventeen Mapuche individuals who had been accused of being part of a terrorist conspiracy between 2005 and 2008, had been acquitted.  In addition, the Court did announce the convictions of four of the seventeen on non-terrorist charges, including attempted murder. 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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Mapuche Resume Hunger Strike

On Monday, November 22nd, twelve Mapuche prisoners who are on trial in Cañete announced that they are resuming their hunger strike. The Mapuche who have resumed striking are doing so because the Chilean government has not adhered to the promises it made to Mapuche leaders previously–at the close of the previous hunger strike. Continue reading

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