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Senator Introduces Legislation to Allow Indigenous Peoples to Wear Traditional Clothing at School Functions

Several weeks ago, we wrote a post about two Mapuche students who were not permitted to where their traditional clothing to their high school graduation. The incident occurred in Collipulli on November 21st. At the time, a leader from the Mapuche community spoke out against the discrimination and stated that legal action was a possibility. In response to this incident, on November 30th, Senator Alejandro Navarro (MAS) introduced legislation that would allow all Indigenous students to wear their ancestral dress to school functions. Continue reading

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Amidst Controversy, Senate Renews Debate on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Peoples

The issue of Constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples—and the consultation rights that it implies—has recently gained attention in Chile, as the Senate renews debate on the issue. Continue reading

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Reforms to Military Justice Code Receive Final Approval from Congress

Earlier this week, the lower house of Congress approved the Senate modifications to a bill aimed at reforming the Military Justice Code. The bill will now pass to the President for his approval. Continue reading

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Senate Approves Modifications to Military Justice Code; Passes to House for Final Debate

On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously approved modifications to the Military Justice Code that will require civilians to be tried in ordinary courts. The trial of civilians in military tribunals was a central issue in the hunger strike carried out by Mapuche political prisoners, and modifications to the Military Justice Code were a part of the agreement which led to the majority of Mapuche prisoners ending their hunger strike. Continue reading

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Both Houses of Congress Approve Modifications to Antiterrorism Law

After several weeks of debate and several votes that ended in deadlock, this week a Joint Commission was formed and the two houses of Congress were finally able to reach an agreement on modifications to the Antiterrorist Law that is a central issue in the Mapuche hunger strike, now ongoing for more than 80 days. Continue reading

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Politicians Debate Modifications to Antiterrorism Law

On Tuesday, the Ministry of the Interior, Rodrigo Hinzpeter, speaking from La Moneda, announced the government’s openness to modifying the Antiterrorism Law as well as limiting the reach of military justice, two of the issues at the heart of the ongoing hunger strike by Mapuche political prisoners.   Continue reading

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