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Chile’s National Human Rights Institute Releases Annual Reports, Criticizes Chile on Indigenous Rights

On Thursday, December 15th, Chile’s Instituto Nacional de Derechos Humanos (National Human Rights Institute) or INDH, released its second annual report on the situation of human rights within Chile. INDH was created by the Chilean government in 2009, but is a fully-autonomous governmental unit. This year’s report was very critical of the Chilean government’s handling of human rights in a number of areas, including how it has handled them with respect to indigenous peoples. Specifically, the report dedicated an entire chapter to indigenous rights within Chileand below is a summary of the topics covered. Continue reading

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UN Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Visits Argentina, Offers Recommendations

The United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, recently ended an eleven-day trip to Argentina where he met with government officials and indigenous peoples throughout the country. At the conclusion of his visit, on Wednesday, December 7th, Anaya gave a short speech in Buenos Aires where he summarized some of what he saw and offered the Argentinian government some recommendations on how to advance indigenous rights within the country. A translation of that speech appears below. Continue reading

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Court of Appeals in Valdivia Decides Case in Favor of Mapuche Communities in Lanco

Last week another case came down upholding indigenous rights as recognized in interntional law, this time form the Court of Appeals in Valdivia. At issue in this case was the administrative approval of a solid waste transfer station project located in the commune of Lanco. Continue reading

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