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Chile: Deputies must use historic opportunity to decriminalize abortion

The Chilean Chamber of Deputies has an historic opportunity to put the country on the right side of human rights, Amnesty International said ahead of a debate today on the potential decriminalization of abortion under three circumstances. Late last night, the Chilean Senate passed a bill to decriminalize abortion under three circumstances: when the pregnancy results from rape or incest, when the life of the pregnant woman is at risk, and in cases of lethal foetal impairment, “Chile is finally taking a step away from the small number of countries that still expose women and girls to terrible suffering due to the cruel and draconian laws and policies that violate their human right to make free choices about their own bodies, health and lives,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
19 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Americas
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Chile: Further information: Senate to vote on weakened draft abortion law

The Chilean Senate has begun discussing a proposed law aimed at decriminalizing abortion under specific circumstances, and is set to vote on the law next week. However, the draft law includes worrying amendments that would restrict possible access to legal abortion and sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls, putting their lives and well-being at risk.

Date:
13 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 22/6730/2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Chile: Closure of investigation into crimes against Mapuche leader puts Indigenous Peoples at risk

The closure of the investigation into the alleged crimes of abduction and torture reported by the Mapuche leader Víctor Queipul Hueiquil sends a dangerous message to human rights defenders in the country, Amnesty International said today. The Temuco Public Prosecutors Office announced today that it will close the case of Víctor Queipul Hueiquil, a Ionko (leader) of the Autonomous Community of Temucuicui, because they have been unable to identify those allegedly responsible for his detention from approximately 8pm on 14 June 2016 until 4am the following day.

Date:
17 May 2017
  • Education
  • Chile
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

"If I do not take responsibility, nobody will do it for me" - A young activist speaks out

Sofia recalls how she first experienced discrimination when she was stigmatized at school for her outfit, her ideas or for simply being born a woman. From Santiago, Chile, she explains why this motivated her to advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and to empower other young people to make informed decisions about their bodies and sexuality. I live in Santiago de Chile, a pretty stable country in the eyes of the world, though it is difficult to live here and be heard, above all if you are young, a woman and a human rights activist.

Date:
9 November 2016
  • Education
  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

"Young people have a unique vision and we must be heard" - Defending sexual and reproductive rights in South America

We hear from six activists from South America working together through Amnesty’s It’s My Body! programme empowering young people aged 13 to 19 years old to claim and promote their sexual and reproductive rights. They’re from Peru, Argentina or Chile, yet all share the same goal: make sure they have the power and freedom to demand and access their sexual and reproductive rights. Over five years these young activists will work together to empower others to make informed decisions about their bodies and sexuality, and provide their peers with information and training on issues related to sexual and reproductive rights.

Date:
5 October 2016
  • News
  • Americas
  • Killings and Disappearances

Argentina: Historic ruling on Operation Condor a great step forward for truth and justice

The sentencing of a former Argentinean military leader for his role in hundreds of enforced disappearances in the context of a region-wide intelligence operation must open the door to further investigations to bring all those responsible to justice, said Amnesty International. Former de facto President Reynaldo Bignone was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a court in Buenos Aires. Fourteen other military officers were also sentenced to prison terms.

Date:
27 May 2016
  • News
  • Americas
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Virginia Shoppee: A dear friend and a fearless fighter for human rights

Without the tireless work of Virginia Shoppee, the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet might never have been detained for the crimes against humanity orchestrated during his regime. The former Amnesty International researcher, who died on Monday, spent many months working what felt like 24-hour days to ensure Pinochet would be put on trial. The outcome of his historic detention in London in 1998 was not what she had hoped for, as Pinochet avoided extradition to Spain to stand trial on health grounds.

Date:
7 April 2016
  • News
  • Americas
  • Detention

Chile: Two-tier justice system allows police to get away with human rights violations

Chile’s outrageous two-tier justice system is allowing police officers to beat, ill-treat and in some cases even kill peaceful demonstrators and other individuals and only face a miniscule sanction at best, said Amnesty International in a new report today. I didn’t know there were two kinds of justice: Military jurisdiction and police brutality in Chile reveals that Chile’s military courts, which deal with cases of human rights violations committed by members of the security forces, regularly fail to adequately investigate and prosecute officers that are suspected of having committed a crime.

Date:
5 April 2016
  • Research
  • Chile
  • Justice Systems

Chile: ’I didn’t know there were two kinds of justice’: Military jurisdiction and police brutality in Chile

More than 10 years since Chile was condemned by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the wide scope of its military jurisdiction, this concern has yet to be fully addressed. Today, human rights violations committed by the Chilean security forces – such as the excessive use of force by the police – continue to be investigated and punished by military courts. This report analyses eight cases that highlight the obstacles that victims and their families face in Chile today when seeking truth, justice and reparation for human rights violations committed by the police.

Date:
5 April 2016
Ref:
AMR 22/3209/2016
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  • Ireland
  • Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights

Abortion is not a crime, doctors warn governments

Doctors and health professionals from every region of the world today added their voices to the growing pressure for the decriminalization of abortion, with 838 from 44 countries signing an open letter to governments published today by Amnesty International. The letter calls on governments to stop interfering with health professionals’ ability to provide care, warning that criminalizing abortion puts women and girls’ health and lives at risk.

Date:
20 November 2015
  • News
  • Americas
  • Women and Girls

Chile: Urgent progress needed on right to choose after young woman arrested for a clandestine abortion

The arrest of a 22-year-old woman in Temuco for “consensual abortion” is yet another sign that the Chilean authorities have no time to lose with advancing legislation in the works to decriminalize abortion, Amnesty International said today. She is under investigation since Tuesday 10 November and faces charges after a complaint made by healthcare staff at the hospital where she arrived with bleeding after using Misoprostol, a drug sometimes used to terminate pregnancy.

Date:
12 November 2015
  • News
  • Americas
  • Women and Girls

Chile: Extreme anti-abortion law creates climate of fear and substandard health care for women

Chile’s draconian anti-abortion law is treating women as second-class citizens and putting their lives and health at risk, said Amnesty International amid a heated congressional debate to modify the legislation. “Chile’s outrageous abortion ban creates a climate of fear among health professionals whose first thought is often to report a woman or a girl to the police for a suspected abortion rather than give them life-saving treatment.

Date:
28 September 2015
  • News
  • Americas
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Chile: Amnesty law keeps Pinochet’s legacy alive

"Many of them have died waiting for justice. Many have died in silence. We've had enough of painful waiting and unjustified silences. This is the time to join together in the search for truth. " With those words, exactly a year ago today, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet marked the 41st anniversary of the 1973 coup d’etat in which a defiant Augusto Pinochet took power by force. More than 3,000 people were killed or disappeared and more than 38,000 arbitrarily detained and tortured during the 17 years of military regime that followed.

Date:
11 September 2015