We strongly condemn the use of force and repressive policies implemented by the Piñera government, and we defend the legitimate demands of social justice of the excluded sectors in Chile.
Since the «return of democracy», more than 50 percent of the poorest homes in Chile, face extreme economic pressures, due to the implementation of privatization policies, which have hindered the access of the majority, to the full enjoyment of their fundamental rights, in terms of, education, health, social security, transport, housing, etc,. According to official numbers from the World Bank, Chile is the country with the highest homes indebtedness in Latin America, in addition to being located, along with Rwanda, in 1 of the 8 most unequal countries in the world in income distribution. In this regard, recent studies made by CEPAL, assures that the richest 1 percent of Chile appropriates 26.5 percent of the national income, while 50 percent of those poor households access 2.1 percent of it. Although these numbers speaks clearly and loud about the level of social injustice that has plagued the Chilean people for decades, and that, since two weeks ago, have dragged it into massive peaceful protests, these facts seem to have no importance for the Chilean government; Not only does President Piñera turn a deaf ear to this evident reality expressed in numbers and in massive popular claims, but he also implements even more repressive measures against Chilean citizens who protest peacefully, in open violation of their human rights.
According to the last reports that comes from the observers of the Human Rights Institute of Chile, INDH, in the last weeks, 23 people have been killed by security forces. 121 police stations have been visited, where 4,316 detainees have been found. 157 cases of eye injuries are recorded in 60 hospital visited by the institute’s officials. 179 legal actions have been registered, of which 132 are complaints of torture and another 18 correspond to sexual complaints. Its director, Sergio Micco, states that there were more complaints about torture in the last fifteen days of peaceful protests, than in the whole of 2019.
Similarly, we denounce the media blackout with which they intend to make invisible the real truth of what is happening in Chile, anti-democratic measures that are also applied daily against other oppressed peoples, such as Palestine or Kashmir, among others.
From majdi we urge the Chilean government to comply with the second paragraph, of Article 5, of the current Political Constitution, which states that, in the field of human rights: «It is the duty of the State organs to respect and promote such rights, guaranteed by this Constitution, as well as by the international treaties ratified by Chile and that are in force.»
The Chilean government should listen and respond to the reasonable and fair demands expressed by the Chilean people, and not intensify the repression with new “security measures” that results in the criminalization of protest.