Human Rights Watch denounces human rights violations in Chile for police abuse

Santiago de Chile, November 28 (RHC)-- Chilean security forces committed “serious human rights violations” during the now seven-week long protests against the neoliberal policies of President Sebastian Piñera and the lack of social rights in the South American nation, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch.  

"There are hundreds of worrying complaints about excessive use of force in the streets and abuses against detainees, including brutal beatings and sexual abuse, that should be promptly and thoroughly investigated to ensure victims' access to justice," said the Director for Americas of HRW Jose Miguel Vivanco.

The organization interviewed more than 70 people during two weeks of investigation in Santiago and Valparaiso in November, among victims, police officers and authorities.  The evidence collected is "consistent" to assert that the police "used force excessively in response to the protests and wounded thousands of people, regardless of whether they had participated in violent acts or not," according to the report.

Earlier this week, the National Institute of Human Rights of Chile (NHRI) reported that 2,808 people have been wounded during the nearly 40 days of demonstrations.  According to the Chilean agency, 232 people suffered eye injuries (75 percent of the cases of gunshots).

HRW’s director for the Americas added that such factors as “the indiscriminate and improper use of weapons and riot guns...facilitated serious violations of the rights of many Chileans.”

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) along with numerous other rights groups condemned the constant violations of human rights by police and military against the population in Chile.

The human rights NGO met with President Piñera on Tuesday to recommend a series of reforms such as suspension of all use of pellet shotguns until an examination is conducted by independent authorities, reviewing police powers of detention, ensuring accountability for police abuses and misuse of less-lethal equipment.

Edited by Ed Newman

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More actions are urgently needed to solve crisis in Bolivia, UN says

United Nations, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the start of the election process in Bolivia, but stated that more steps are needed to solve the crisis in that country.

Through a statement released on Monday, Guterres referred to this weekend's events in that State: the approval of a legislation to establish a new Supreme Electoral Tribunal that will convene general elections as soon as possible.

'The United Nations will be ready to support as appropriate,' the top multilateral agency representative said.

To move towards a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis in Bolivia, we must avoid more violence and curb the rhetoric of intolerance, increase cooperation between all political forces and restore confidence among those affected by violent events.

My personal envoy to Bolivia, Jean Arnault, will continue working with the facilitators in order to support efforts in this regard, he said.

After the coup d'etat against Evo Morales, the de facto authorities -led by self-proclaimed president Jeanine Añez- unleashed a violent repression in which more than 30 people have already been killed.

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Michelle Bachelet: May God not forgive her

The Nazis who seized power in Bolivia vent their accumulated anger on their people. One of their latest misdeeds took place there, in Cochabamba where they conducted a massacre.

It joins the savage suppression carried out since the CIA ordered to unceremoniously eradicate all progressive traces in the region.

Another example in Honduras, which was followed by the coup attempts against Hugo Chávez in Venezuela.

Likewise, the cynical, blatant and current plot targeting Cuba and Nicaragua.

Much of the world has followed the Bolivian drama both angry and astonishingly.

En Cochabamba, ciudadanos rodean los féretros de los muertos en la represión de Sacaba.
At least five people dead and dozens more injured.

Nevertheless, the most shocking thing that has happened there so far is the flippancy with which Ms. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), welcomed the events in that country.

She has written no single word repudiating the killings, wounds and tortures brought to light.

Should she believes in God, may him not forgive her.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

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Protests intensify against neo-liberal policies in Chile

Santiago de Chile, November 19 (RHC)-- Thousands of Chileans rallied in major cities across the country on Monday, marking one month since protests over inequality and injustice erupted in the country.  Despite a series of concessions, protesters have promised to stay in the streets until the government meets specific demands for systemic change and improved social conditions.

The protests initially started in mid-October when secondary students in the capital Santiago protested against a metro fare increase.  Since then, however, the demonstrations have mushroomed, with protesters taking to the streets against the country's political-economic model and the police crackdown on the demonstrations.  The key demands of protesters include ensuring there's a Constitutional Assembly, higher pensions, wages, affordable healthcare and education.

Marches and rallies continue on a daily basis and some have rivalled mobilizations in the late 1980s against General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.  Thousands of people were killed and forcibly disappeared for political reasons during Pinochet's 1973-1990 rule.

An Inter-American Commission on Human Rights team arrived on Monday for a four-day visit.  A team from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will conclude its 24-day visit on Friday.

At least 24 people have died as a result of the unrest, including five killed by police and military forces during a state of emergency in October.  Over the past month, more than 6,000 people have been detained.

The National Human Rights Institute has filed 58 legal actions against authorities, mostly police, for alleged sexual violence, and 246 for torture and other cruel treatment. The institute has also documented 217 cases of hospitalisation for eye injuries, roughly 75 percent of which were caused by projectiles.

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US Detained About 70,000 Migrant Children in 2019: Report

The unequaled figure shows that more children were separated from their parents in the U.S. than in any other country in the world.

In the United States, 69,550 migrant children were held in custody by the Trump administration in 2019, the Associated Press and the PBS series, Frontline reported Tuesday. 

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The unequaled figure shows that more children were separated from their parents in the U.S. than in any other country in the world; this occurring even if the government recognized that being jailed is highly traumatic for children, and exposes them to the important risk of long-term physical and emotional harm.

Some of the migrant children who were in government custody this year have already been deported, while others have reunited with family in the U.S., where they are trying to go to school and rebuild their lives. About 4,000 children are still in government custody, some in large, impersonal and facilities; yet more children are continuing to arrive every week.

The nearly 70,000 migrant infants, toddlers, kids and teens who were held in government custody this year spent more time in shelters and away from their families than in prior years. 

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration's set of harsh migration policies have increased the time children are held in detention, despite the government's own acknowledgment that it causes physical and emotional damage.

In 2013, Australia held 2,000 children during a surge of maritime arrivals. In Canada, migrant children are separated from their parents only as a last resort; 155 were held back in 2018. And in the United Kingdom, 42 migrant children were put in shelters in 2017, according to officials in those countries.

"Early experiences are literally built into our brains and bodies," said Jack Shonkoff, who directs Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child. Earlier this year, he told Congress that "decades of peer-reviewed research" shows that keeping children away from parents or primary caregivers is bad for their health, adding i  is a brain-wiring issue. 

"Stable and responsive relationships promote healthy brain architecture," Shonkoff said. "If these relationships are disrupted, young children are hit by the double whammy of a brain that is deprived of the positive stimulation it needs and assaulted by a stress response that disrupts its developing circuitry."

Younger children are at greater risk because their biological systems are less developed, he said. Previous harm and the duration of separation are also more likely to lead to trauma.

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Lula's defense to denounce Bolsonaro to the UN for violating rights

Brasilia, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's defense team will denounce President Jair Bolsonaro to the United Nations Human Rights Committee for violating the rights of the former president during his speech at the General Assembly of the international organization.

'There is no final conviction against Lula that allows ruling out the constitutional guarantee of the presumption of innocence,' indicated lawyers Cristiano Zanin Martins and Valeska Martins in a press release.

Among other offensive statements, the speech delivered yesterday by Bolsonaro at the opening of the 74th session of the forum in New York included a series of attacks against the administrations of Lula and Dilma Rousseff, as well as criticism of the media and praise of the military dictatorship of 1964.

According to the former labor leader's defense attorneys, the speech by the far-right politician violated 'laws and UN decisions' and was incompatible with the Constitution of the Republic, especially with the provision that ensures that the presumption of innocence can only be rejected by a final judgment, following reference made yesterday by Bolsonaro to Lula during the opening of the global forum.

One of the serious violations that the United Nations Committee must judge, jurists point out, 'refers precisely to the fact that Brazil has not assured Lula the right to a fair, impartial and independent trial (Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights), with no body of the Republic being able to undertake acts that jeopardize the effectiveness of the future trial of that international entity to which the country voluntarily linked and was forced to follow its determinations.'

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Ahed Tamimi jailed for 8 months after slapping Israeli soldier

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi will serve eight months in prison for slapping an Israeli Defence Force soldier. The 17 year old reached a plea bargain Wednesday after serving three months in detention.

Tamimi was arrested on December 19 for assaulting an Israeli soldier after troops shot her 15-year-old cousin Mohammad Tamimi in the head at close range with a rubber bullet. Footage of the confrontation went viral and the teenager’s subsequent arrest and detention has garnered international attention, with many seeing her as the poster child for Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation.

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Tamimi’s trial in military court began on February 13. The Military Court of Appeal rejected a request to have the hearing in public, which Tamimi’s attorney said would deprive her of a fair trial.

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As part of the plea bargain, Tamimi will plead guilty to four counts of assault, Haaretz reports. She faced 12 charges, including assault and incitement, and could have been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Tamimi family have long been prominent Palestinian activists. They live in Nabi Saleh in the West Bank, and take part in weekly demonstrations against the expansion of the nearby Israeli settlement, Halamish. Israel has gradually taken more land and water resources for the settlement, which is deemed illegal by the international community.

Since Tamimi’s arrest, a number of her family members, including her recently-shot cousin, her mother and her father have been arrested.

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