Starting on October 18, 2019, the period of social unrest in Chile left hundreds of victims of police violence. Four years on, no police commanders have been held accountable for the widespread human rights violations committed by Carabineros, despite long-running criminal investigations into their role and alleged responsibility. Impunity cannot continue and justice cannot wait any longer. We call on the Prosecutor of the Centre-North Metropolitan Region to, should sufficient evidence exist, formally charge the commanders of Carabineros who could be responsible for these crimes and violations.
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Prosecutor of the Centre-North Metropolitan Region
Av. Pedro Montt 1606
Santiago Centro, Chile
Tel: +56 600 333 0000
Email: [email protected]
Dear Mr. Xavier Armendáriz,
I am writing to you due to the impunity that surrounds the widespread human rights violations committed during the period of social unrest, the ‘estallido social’, that began on October 18, 2019. It is deeply concerning that, four years on from these events, impunity remains the rule, especially with respect to the high command of Carabineros of Chile.
Amnesty International has repeatedly called on the Chilean Attorney General’s Office to clarify “the responsibility of operational and strategic commanders, who in their role as guarantors, tacitly ordered or permitted human rights violations to be committed repeatedly. It also [called] on the Judiciary Branch to initiate proceedings regarding all those who may bear responsibility and, where appropriate, to prosecute them to ensure access to justice for victims and their families”.
Four years on, impunity cannot be justified, and justice cannot be delayed. We call on you to formally present charges and start criminal proceedings against Carabineros’ commanders, if there is sufficient admissible evidence to do so, within the framework of a fair trial and all due process guarantees.