On Tuesday afternoon, the director of the National Institute of Human Rights (NHRI), Sergio Micco, met with the government spokesman, Jaime Bellolio at the Palacio de La Moneda.
Although it was a protocol meeting, the meeting also addressed the violence that occurs in the La Araucanía region, extending the meeting for more than an hour.
At the end of the instance, Micco referred to what is happening in that area of the country, noting that “there are expressions of violence and self-protection, which we completely and totally condemn, especially when they are related to racial discrimination.”
For this reason, he argued that it is necessary to resume dialogue and that Chile respect the different agreements for peace and development that have been agreed for La Araucanía, the most recent of which is from 2018.
“Here as a country we have agreed on things for the peace and development of La Araucanía that have not been implemented, have not been carried out, and that has meant a great deal of damage in La Araucanía,” said Micco.
Meanwhile, the representative of the NHRI also referred to the hunger strikes carried out by Mapuche prisoners, such as the machi Celestino Córdova, indicating that these demonstrations are not only carried out for judicial reasons, but as a claim against discrimination.
“The hunger strike is an expression of a superior problem that exists in La Araucanía, which is clearly ethnic discrimination, and of a social development that makes La Araucanía the poorest region in the country,” he said.
Finally, he indicated that they have asked the police for explanations of the protocols they have used in the most recent acts of violence, as well as what happened in the matter of arrests. At the same time, he affirmed that they will collaborate to carry out a dialogue for peace in the region.