Expropriation of Colonia Dignidad and support in The Hague against Israel: what Boric included regarding human rights in the 2024 Public Account

Expropriation of Colonia Dignidad and support in The Hague against Israel: what Boric included regarding human rights in the 2024 Public Account
Expropriation of Colonia Dignidad and support in The Hague against Israel: what Boric included regarding human rights in the 2024 Public Account

“I believe that the Chilean right is making a historic mistake in the setback it has had in recent years in its commitment to human rights,” said the head of state.

“We may have political differences between us, but Chile must be one when it comes to protecting and promoting human rights and democracy“said the president Gabriel Boric in the Public Account 2024.

He recalled that in September of last year, when the 50th anniversary of the coup d’état was commemorated, the Commitment to Democracy was signed. “This gesture is as relevant as it is necessary today, with a simple and solid message: for democracy and human rights, today and always“he stressed.

He emphasized that said document was signed by all the former leaders of Chile.

“I allow myself a reflection here: I believe that the Chilean right is making a historic mistake in the setback it has had in recent years in its commitment to human rights in our national history.. Important leaders in the sector had made reflections and self-criticisms relevant to the 40 years since September 11, 1973, and this time, instead, they entrenched themselves in a speech for their most radical bases. “That does harm to our country and contrasts with the position that President Sebastián Piñera always had,” he stated.

He stressed that “The defense of human rights is not an issue of the pastbut a foundation on which we build our shared future.”

National Search, Truth and Justice Plan

He announced that the National Search, Truth and Justice Plan was presented, and “through this we assume that it is The State of Chile is responsible for clarifying the circumstances of disappearance and/or death of victims of forced disappearance.support the judicial processes and keep his memory alive.”

“To date, this Plan has made it possible to duplicate the efforts carried out in previous years, and identify nearly 50 priority sites for the reactivation and reinforcement of search efforts on the ground, which has required an increase of more than 80% of the budget of the Human Rights program“he added.

“We present indications to the bill that creates the legal classification of a person absent due to forced disappearance and that puts an end to the reservation of the so-called secret laws of the dictatorship. We will soon enter the instructions for the initiative that classifies the crimes of forced disappearance and extralegal execution“said the head of state.

Along with emphasizing that “human rights and memory They are a task that does not recognize borders“, Gabriel Boric said that for several years now, “the governments of Chile and Germany have been working to convert an ancient space of horror and death into a place of memory and future.”

“As a result of such collaboration, today I can inform the country that This week we began the expropriation process of part of the land of the former Colonia Dignidad in Villa Bavieraamong them, what was Paul Schäfer’s house.”

“Thus, from the south of Chile to Germany, In one voice we say to the world: Never again!“, he expressed.

Forced adoptions

In another area, he announced the creation of an inter-institutional panel to address forced or irregular adoptions that occurred before 1990. “It is estimated that there may be more than 20 thousand people affectedafter which there are families who need support to reunite and know their own history and identity,” he said in this regard.

“The work of Comprehensive Reparation for Victims of Human Rights Violations during the Social Outbreak has not stopped. This includes the preparation of a registry of victims, referral of victims to medical care programs, psychosocial support, social assistance and legal advice,” added Boric.

“For us, human rights violations are always and everywhere unacceptable, whether those occurred in dictatorship or democracywhether their victims are adults or minors, whether they have political or other motivations,” he stressed.

The death of Franco Vargas

Also regarding human rights, the head of state referred to the death of conscript Franco Vargas.

“I have said it and I reiterate it: young people who do their military service are under the responsibility and care of the State. In their training, conscripts are expected to put their effort into the service of the country, not that they pay for their commitment with their life, their health or their dignity“, held.

He emphasized that “these events cannot go unpunished and must be thoroughly investigated so that they are not repeated. This is how I instructed the commander in chief of the Army who has adopted concrete measures to clarify the facts and assert corresponding command responsibilities.

Gaza Strip

Gabriel Boric referred to what happened in the Gaza Strip, and stated that “we will never stop being outraged by indiscriminate and absolutely disproportionate actions against innocent civilians, particularly Palestinian women and children. There are already more than 35 thousand dead, a catastrophic humanitarian situation and the infrastructure in Gaza practically devastated.”

“For this reason, in addition to the humanitarian support that we have provided to Palestine, the call for consultation from our ambassador in Israel, and presenting together with Mexico a referral of the situation in Palestine to the International Criminal Court, I have decided that Chile will become a party and support the case presented by South Africa against Israel before the International Court of Justice in The Hague, within the framework of the UN Genocide Convention. “I have ordered the Foreign Ministry teams to prepare a document with our arguments.”

“A serious country cannot have one standard for judging what happens on the international scene, and another more lax one for judging its own internal behaviors. For this reason I repeat what I said before: For us, human rights violations are always and everywhere unacceptable.. And discrimination, in any of its forms, is a violation of human rights that a democratic republic cannot tolerate,” Boric added.

 
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