Bolivia's Evo Morales: 'We Are Close to Returning to The Sea'

President Evo Morales considers that Bolivia's demand, for a sea access, at The Hague's International Court of Justice is "on track."

Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke, in a keynote address in Villa Tunari in Cochabamba, addressing Bolivia's maritime request submitted to The Hague's International Court of Justice (ICJ), stressing that the world's social movements supported the country's bid.

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"We are very close to our return to the Pacific Ocean, thanks to the Bolivian people. We hope this unity will continue in the battle to recover what is ours," said Morales, also noting that Chile must comply with the promises made so Bolivia could have a sea access.

President Morales said that "between October, November, maximum December there will be a ruling and any failure of the ICJ will be in compliance if we are States that recognize rights." During the event, former President Eduardo Rodriguez Veltze, Bolivian representative at The Hague's ICJ, was also made remarks.

Pdte. @evoespueblo desde Villa Tunari:"Recuperamos los recursos, recuperamos la patria, tenemos la nueva Bolivia. Ahora nos toca recuperar la salida al mar con soberanía y estamos muy cerca". — Min. de Comunicación (@mincombolivia) August 26, 2018

President Evo Morales from Villa Tunari: "We recovered the resources, we recovered our motherland, we have the new Bolivia. Now it is the time to recover the sea with sovereignty and we are very close."

The president stated that Chile violated Bolivia's sovereignty in 1879 invading Bolivia's territory and stealing over 400 kilometers accessing the Pacific Ocean. In addition, he clarified that Chile failed to comply with the Treaty of 1866 that recognized the exit to the sea for Bolivia.

"We are with the truth, we are asking for justice to be done". Morales also welcomed the work of the international legal team and the experts who are championing the cause.

In 2013, Bolivia submitted the request at the ICJ in an attempt to restore part of the territory and garner "sovereign access" to the waters it lost. The action aimed to force Chile into negotiations, arguing that they had previously offered talks which were later retracted. 

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Cuba defeated Chile to add second victory

Cuba claimed its second consecutive victory in the IV U23 Pan American Cup after defeating Chile 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-12) at the Manuel Bonilla Coliseum in Miraflores.

With the combination of the good setting by Grettel Moreno and the power of its attackers, Cuba got 5 key points that for now give them the first place of Group A. The team of Tomás Fernández demonstrated all its power with wide advantage in attack (45-21), blocking (9-1) and services (4-1).

Although Eduardo Guillaume's team managed to complicate their rival in the first set, it was not enough to stop the top scorers of the winning team Ailama Cese and Laura Suárez who got 12 points each, followed by the captain Diaris Pérez who registered 10 units like Moreno. On the Chile side, the opposite Maike Bertens got the maximum of 6 points.

Chile will fight for its first triumph in the IV U23 Pan American Cup on Thursday 16, when it plays at 13:00 against Guatemala. And at 7:00 pm Cuba will close the Group Stage facing the local team.

The setter of Cuba, Gretell Moreno: "The Chilean team was able to complicate us at times with the serve and use our blocking against, but with the instructions of our coach we knew how to regain our level and demonstrate that joy and claw that characterizes the teams of Cuba".

The captain of Chile, Amelia Carvajal: "I think the team did their best, we tried to defend each ball and tried to take advantage of their mistakes but it is not a team that we are used to playing and it cost us a lot. Tomorrow’s match is key for us to continue in competition and we will go out with everything to beat Guatemala. "

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Bachelet Will Be UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Santiago de Chile, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Diplomatic sources and local media agreed to confirm the news in New York that former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will be the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The rumor already had informal character and according to relatives of the two-time President of Chile, the proposal of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has been on the table for weeks.

It will have to be ratified in the General Assembly of the UN in September.

According to several local media, the news was confirmed by the Nigerian Amina Mohammed, currently the UN Deputy Secretary-General, at a meeting with diplomats from regional groups in New York.

The ex-leader of socialist affiliation was the first person to head the UN-Women section from 2010 to 2013, when she resigned to return to politics in Chile and be a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic.

Despite many setbacks in her last period, especially for her determination to implement deep reforms (some were halfway), Bachelet has considerable prestige in the southern country.

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Chile Investigating 158 in Catholic Church Over Sex Abuse

Last month, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of five Chilean bishops amid accusations of abuse and related cover-ups.

Chile is now investigating 158 members of the country's embattled Catholic Church — both clergymen and lay people — for perpetrating or concealing the sexual abuse of children and adults, prosecutors said on Monday.

The cases relate to incidents dating back as far as 1960 and involving 266 victims, including 178 children and adolescents, according to public prosecutor Luis Torres.

The prosecutor's statement offered the first general view of the extent and scope of the abuse scandal faced by Chile's Catholic Church — and how many people are implicated.

"The vast majority of reported incidents relate to sexual crimes committed by priests or people linked to educational establishments," Torres told reporters.

The entire strata of the Catholic Church — from bishops to monks — were involved in the crimes, as well as "lay people exercising some function in the ecclesiastical sphere," he noted.

There are 36 ongoing investigations, while 23 previous ones resulted in convictions and one other in an acquittal.

"There's no doubt that what the public prosecutor is doing is very positive and is starting to open the door to situations that previously were treated as an open secret," Juan Carlos Claret, a member of a campaign group that opposed the presence of tainted bishop Juan Barros in his area, told AFP.

Barros is accused of covering for a pedophile priest and Francis was forced to apologize earlier this year for having hugged and defended the bishop on a visit to Chile in January.

Francis had named Barros to head the Osorno diocese, where Claret lives, in 2015 despite accusations by sex abuse victims that the prelate covered up the actions of disgraced pedophile priest Fernando Karadima in the 1980s and 1990s.

According to Claret, the Chilean Episcopal Conference already knew in 2007 about 120 priests involved in sexual abuse. He says that means there must be more people involved than the number revealed by prosecutors on Monday.

"Some information is still being held back," added Claret, a leading voice in denouncing the clerical abuse of children in the country that led Francis to overhaul Chile's Catholic Church.

Karadima has been suspended for life by the Vatican but never faced prosecution in Chile because the statute of limitations had elapsed by the time a case was opened in 2010.

Earlier that year, he had been found guilty of sexually abusing children by the Vatican, which sentenced him to a life of prayer and ordered him to pay compensation.

In May, the entire Chilean hierarchy of bishops tendered their resignations over the abuse scandal rocking the Church.

Since 2000, about 80 Catholic priests have been reported to authorities in Chile for alleged sexual abuse.

Ten days ago, prominent priest Oscar Munoz was arrested over allegations of sexual abuse and rape of at least seven children.

Francis has repeatedly apologized to parishioners over the scandal, admitting the Church failed "to listen and react" to allegations spanning decades, but vowed to "restore justice."

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Chilean Justice Sentences Musician Victor Jara's Murderers

Santiago de Chile, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) After several years of investigations, the Chilean justice sentenced nine retired soldiers by the murder of Chilean artist Victor Jara on September 16, 1973.

The singer-songwriter, theater director and professor, was savagely tortured by the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, who used to vent his anger on all people who had leftist ideas. Jara was a member of the Communist Party.

Jara, who fervently supported the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende until his overthrow by the coup d'etat on September 11, 1973, also received 44 bullets from the military.

Carried along with another 5,000 people to the then Estadio Chile, Victor Jara was brutally tortured when he was recognized by the pro-coup military men.

Judge Miguel Vazquez sentenced Hugo Sanchez Marmonti, Raul Jofre, Edwin Dimter Bianchi, Nelson Haase, Ernesto Bethke Wulf, Juan Jara Quintana, Hernan Chacon and Patricio Vasquez Donoso to 15 years and one day for their crime.

The group was sentenced as the authors of the murders of Jara and the former director of prisons Littre Quiroga Carvajal.

'The Minister of Human Rights Miguel Vazquez Plaza condemned nine members of the Army in retirement for their responsibility in the homicides of singer-songwriter Victor Jara Martinez and de Littre Quiroga,' said a press release.

The court also sentenced the accused to another three years in prison for the simple kidnapping of both victims.

For the same case, which left Chile without the emblematic composer of 'The Right to Live in Peace' or 'I Remember You Amanda', Officer Rolando Melo Silva was sentenced to five years and one day in prison for his crime as an accessory to both murders.

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Cuba and Chile hold migration talks

Cuba and Chile held their first bilateral Round of Migration Talks this week in Santiago de Chile, which were highlighted by the island's Foreign Ministry.

Working sessions held on Monday by the two parties were held in a frank and cooperative environment, the Ministry said as cited by PL news agency.

Both sides considered the current migration flow between the two countries and affirmed their willingness and commitment to take joint action to guarantee safe, orderly and regular migration.

The Cuban and the Chilean delegations also agreed to the need of fighting illegal events, such as smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons.

During the talks, both parties began the negotiation of a Memo of understanding in migration issues.

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Eusebio Leal Granted Chile’s Merit Order

Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler, City Historian of Havana was granted on Thursday in Havana the Chilean Merit Order by the ambassador to that South American nation in Havana, Ricardo Herrera.

The official declaration was expedited and signed last February 2nd at the Moneda Palace by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet; sealed with the republic’s coat of arms and endorsed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In the official communique, the Chilean Head of State exposed that: “the action awaits that this piece, example of our esteem and appreciation, encourages him to repeat praiseworthy virtues and noble friendship towards Chile”.

Herrera also shared the letter sent by Bachelet, highlighting the pride that the award represents for such illustrious historian who constitutes one of the major architects of the conscious of Latin American heritage.

The Chilean President characterized the moment as “an act of justice for a man, which, for decades has fought to preserve the historic memory of our peoples”.

She recalled that Chile has granted Eusebio Leal with the Doctrine Award of the Central University of Santiago de Chile; the Pablo Neruda Presidential Honor Medal; and the Key to the City of Valparaiso, World Heritage Site.

Leal expressed gratitude in receiving the high distinction and above all, receiving the medal at the Flag Salon of the Captain General Palace.

The City Historian recalled and thanked the illustrious Chilean people and recalled when Salvador Allende presented him a Flag from that South American nation in the same Palace.

“The Homeland is a poem, it is a desire, it’s an expression of feeling from the heart; the country is a singular territory that forms our character; among volcanoes, between mountains and palm trees; here at the shore of the sea which is the ocean that does not divide us, but unites us”, concluded Eusebio Leal.

The official ceremony included the presence of the diplomat corps accredited in Cuba, members of the Foreign Ministry and guests from both countries.

The Merit Order is the oldest distinction in the country, created in 1817 by the Supreme Liberator Director Bernardo O’Higgins and has the objective of awarding foreign citizens for their outstanding civil services given by the Republic of Chile. (ACN)

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Pope Francis Begins a Weeklong Visit of Chile, Peru

Pope Francis is beginning today a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru, whose main challenges will be the situation of indigenous populations and corruption.

This was expressed by the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, who considered it a journey that will not be simple, although exciting.

During an interview issued by the Vatican information service, the cardinal who carries out the functions of head of government, said that the main objective of the visit will be, as always, the meeting with the Christian community and the Churches.

Parolin stated that when referring to the indigenous people, he thought about the General Assembly of the Synod for the Pan-Amazon Region, convened by Francis for October 2019, in Rome.

The aim of the conclave, according to the Pope, is to identify new ways to evangelize that region, 'especially the indigenous people, often forgotten and without the prospect of a serene future, also because of the crisis of the Amazon rainforest, described as the lung of our planet.'

Hence the importance of this first visit of a Pope 'to the heart of the Amazon rainforest,' as described by the director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, who stressed that meetings with the inhabitants of that region will be 'a bit like the opening of the Pan-Amazon Synod.'

This time, the Pope will deliver some copies of the papal encyclical 'Laudato Si' translated into local languages and will greet the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Baldisseri.

The fight against corruption in all forms is a permanent item of Francis' sermon, in and outside the ecclesiastical sphere, to which he pays special attention to mercy, peace, poverty, social exclusion, migration and defense the environment.

The 22nd trip abroad of Pope Francis and the sixth to Latin America will last from today to January 21 with two stages, one from January 15 to 18 in Chile, and another from January18 to 21 in Peru.

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