• Urgent Action


January 17, 2023

In October 2019, Moisés Órdenes was attacked by Chilean police officers, Carabineros, while peacefully demonstrating. Over three years since then, on 5 December 2022, the public prosecutor at Santiago’s Eastern Metropolitan Office in charge of investigating the case decided to close its investigation into seven out of the 13 officers charged with the attack. Moises’ family and lawyers claim there are inquiries left to be performed and that the investigation is far from exhaustive. We call on the Regional Prosecutor at Santiago’s Eastern Metropolitan Office to reopen the investigation into those seven officers and guarantee Moisés Órdenes’ right to justice.

  1. Please take action as-soon-as possible. This Urgent Action expires on February 24, 2023.
  2. Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to one or both government officials listed. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.
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Lorena Parra, Fiscal Regional Metropolitana Oriente Los Militares N°5550, Comuna de Las Condes Santiago, Chile Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Juan Gabriel Valdes Embassy of Chile 1732 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202 785 1746 I Fax: 202 887 5579 Email: [email protected] Twitter: @minrel_chile

SAMPLE LETTER Dear Prosecutor Lorena Parra, I am writing to express my deep concern over the risk that the acts of torture endured by Moisés Órdenes at the hands of Carabineros police officers go unpunished. The decision by the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Prosecutor’s Office in charge of his case to close the investigation into seven Carabineros officers initially charged with torture, obstruction of justice and concealment in a case of grave human rights violations is premature, considering important investigative actions still remain to be carried out as requested by Moisés’ lawyers, as well as contrary to Chile’s international obligation to fully investigate and punish acts of torture. Additionally, the delays from Carabineros in closing their internal investigations create a hostile environment to the judicial process and goes against guarantees of non-repetition. I call on you to ensure the investigation into the human rights violations suffered by Moisés Órdenes is reopened and carried out in an exhaustive, independent, and timely manner. Moisés must see his right to justice, truth and reparation guaranteed and all the police officers suspected of criminal responsibility for his injuries must be held to account in fair trials. Yours sincerely, [YOUR NAME] ADDITIONAL RESOURCES