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200 Mapuche Leaders Met with President Piñera, Presented Report

On Friday, June 24th, approximately 200 Mapuche leaders met with President Sebastián Piñera at La Moneda (the presidential palace) to present the President with the official report from a series of roundtable discussions that began last September. The report covered several topics, but focused largely on the issue of constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples and on institutional steps that are necessary to improve economic development and consultation. Piñera acknowledged that all of Chile is indebted to the Mapuche people and that “the identity of the Mapuche people is a fundamental part of the heritage of our country, their customs, their traditions, their language, and their culture make us proud.” Continue reading

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Chile’s Special Advisor on Indigenous Affairs Announces Resignation

Sebastián Donoso, Chile’s Special Advisor on Indigenous Affairs, announced today (June 1st) that he will resign his post at the end of June. Donoso indicated that he was leaving “strictly for family reasons.” Donoso is an attorney who has held the position of Special Advisor since President Sebastián Piñera took office in March of 2010. Continue reading

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Text of Chile’s Speech at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

On May 16-27, 2011, the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held its tenth session. On Friday, May 20th, Sebastián Donoso — Chile’s Special Advisor on Indigenous Affairs — gave a speech. The official written version of that speech (in Spanish) can be found here. Below is our translation into English. The speech discusses Chile’s efforts with respect to Indigenous peoples, focusing primarily on its attempts to solidify a consultation process that aligns with international law. The speech also makes specific reference to the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island, who were the focus of international attention earlier this year. Continue reading

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Government Defends Actions Taken Against Rapa Nui

As we previously posted, on December 3rd, there was a substantial conflict between Chilean Carabineros (police officers) and Rapa Nui individuals that resulted in approximately two dozen people being injured — both citizens and officers. After the incident took place, there was a strong response from many public officials and human rights organizations that either condemned the incident or wanted more answers as to what happened and why. Members of the Chilean government — including President Piñera – have come out the last few days to justify the actions taken. Continue reading

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Chile: Indigenous News Briefs for October 4, 2010

Below are links to the various indigenous news stories that were published online in Chile on October 4, 2010. Continue reading

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Huilliche in Land Dispute with President Piñera

Last Friday, at the round table discussions of Ñielol, the Chief of Chiloé brought up for consideration an ongoing land dispute between the Huilliche and President Piñera that concerns 91,000 hectares of land located in Tantauco Park on Chiloé Island. The land was purchased by Piñera in 2004. The Huilliche claim that the land is part of their ancestral territory and are demanding that it be returned. Continue reading

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Piñera Announces Roundtable with Mapuche

On Friday, President Piñera announced to the country that a roundtable discussion with the Mapuche will commence in Temuco next week, specifically on the hill of Ñielol. The announcement came as a surprise to most and occurred on a grand stage–during the raising of Chile’s flag at the start of the Bicentennial celebrations. Continue reading

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Chilean Government Prepares to Force Feed Prisoners; Takes Steps Towards Mediation

Given the uncertainty of other efforts to end the Mapuche hunger strike, President Piñera has put in place a plan to force feed the Mapuche political prisoners in the event that their health deteriorates to life-threatening levels–even if doing so is against the will of the individual. Continue reading

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Chile: Indigenous News Briefs for September 9, 2010

Below are links to the various indigenous news stories that were published online in Chile on September 9, 2010.

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Piñera Sends Antiterrorism Law Amendment to Congress

Updating a previous post, President Piñera signed an amendment to the Antiterrorism Law, which now goes to the Congress for approval. The amendment reportedly does three things: First, it enhances the protection for police forces, which Piñera says will improve police effectiveness in keeping the public safe. Second, it ensures that civilians will only be tried in civilian courts, and military courts will be only be used with military personnel. Third, it redefines the word “terrorism” to mean criminal acts that”clearly intend to provoke terror.” Continue reading

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