Press briefing note on Chile, 25 October 2019

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Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva
Date: 25 October 2019
Subject: Chile

We have been closely monitoring the mounting crisis in Chile, including reports of human rights violations and abuses in the context of the recent protests and the declaration of a state of emergency. Our Office has received allegations of violations of international norms and standards relating to the use of force by State security forces. We have also received reports of crimes committed by third parties.

The High Commissioner has thus decided to deploy a team of three human rights officers to the country from 28 October to 22 November to examine the allegations, meet with various actors and gather information on measures taken by the Government to address the situation. The mission team will be based in Santiago, but will be visiting cities throughout the country.

A number of parliamentarians have expressed their desire for the UN Human Rights Office to send a mission to the country, and the Government has extended its invitation as well.

During the visit, the team will seek to meet with Government officials, civil society representatives, victims, the National Human Rights Institution and other stakeholders to collect first-hand information on the events. In conjunction with our Regional Office in South America, the team will also look into the root causes of the protests, including issues relating to the enjoyment of economic and social rights in Chile.

For more information and media requests, please contact: Rupert Colville - + 41 22 917 9767 / or Ravina Shamdasani - + 41 22 917 9169 / or Marta Hurtado - + 41 22 917 9466 / Tag and share - Twitter: @UNHumanRights and Facebook: unitednationshumanrights