Chile: Amnesty International announces research mission to document grave human rights violations

Amnesty International has been monitoring the situation in Chile closely and in the next few days will send its crisis team to document human rights violations and possible crimes under international law committed in the context of the state of emergency and the curfew imposed in the country this week.

“The world is watching Chile. We are sending our regional crisis team, who will work with our team in Chile to document the serious human rights violations and possible crimes under international law being committed by state agents,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International. 

The world is watching Chile. We are sending our regional crisis team, who will work with our team in Chile to document the serious human rights violations and possible crimes under international law being committed by state agents
Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International

The Chilean government has reported that, so far, 18 people have died in the context of the demonstrations, the state of emergency and the curfew. According to the National Human Rights Institute (INDH), five of these fatalities were at the hands of the security forces. The INDH has also reported that some 2,600 people have been detained and 584 injured, 245 of them by firearms, among other serious human rights violations.

Amnesty International’s regional crisis team will gather testimonies and examine documents to corroborate allegations of human rights violations and possible crimes under international law in order to support the victims and demand that the state guarantee their rights to justice, truth, reparation and non-repetition.

Through the channels that it has made available to Chilean civil society, Amnesty International has received hundreds of complaints about serious human rights violations that range from excessive use of force to torture, illegal raids and arbitrary detention. Amnesty International’s digital experts are analysing the photo and video data received so far.

“We urge President Sebastián Piñera once again to end the violent repression of those who today are exercising their legitimate right to peaceful protest. Despite conciliatory statements, apologies and inadequate measures, the aggressive deployment of the police and military in the streets continues to oppress the population,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas.

We urge President Sebastián Piñera once again to end the violent repression of those who today are exercising their legitimate right to peaceful protest
Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International

“The Chilean government must focus all its efforts on genuinely listening and responding to people’s demands and on making the substantial structural changes necessary so that people in Chile can enjoy their human rights in equality and live with dignity.”

You can send evidence of possible human rights violations to Amnesty International through the following channels: Whatsapp: +52 55 6217 0608; email: crisisamericas@amnesty.org; Twitter: #EvidenciaCrisisChile

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Duncan Tucker: duncan.tucker@amnesty.org