know about Chile: Amnesty International met with President Gabriel Boric to present the human rights agenda
An Amnesty International delegation met today with President Gabriel Boric to analyze the human rights situation in the country and deliver a document that establishes the priority issues on the dialogue agenda between the Chilean government and the organization.
The delegation was led by Erika Guevara-Rosas, director for the Americas at Amnesty International, and Rodrigo Bustos, executive director of Amnesty International Chile. The priority issues discussed with President Boric included: access to justice and police reform, sexual rights and reproductive justice, migration and refugee policy, inequality and access to the right to health, and Chile’s role in protecting human rights in the region. particularly in the human rights crisis in Venezuela. The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Marcela Ríos, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonia Urrejola.
“The government of President Gabriel Boric has a historic opportunity to put rights at the center of state action in Chile and leave behind the disastrous legacy of the previous government in terms of the serious and widespread human rights violations committed during the period of social upheaval,” said Rodrigo Bustos. .
“We welcome the willingness of the new government to take responsibility for its human rights obligations and to play an international leadership role in this regard. President Boric’s administration has an opportunity to show an effective form of collaboration between states based on the protection of human rights. In the most unequal continent in the world, the Chilean state and other states in the region must focus on a fair recovery that leaves no one behind,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas.
The government of President Gabriel Boric has a historic opportunity to put rights at the center of state action in Chile and leave behind the dismal legacy of the previous government in terms of serious and widespread human rights violations committed during the period of conflict Social
Rodrigo Bustos, Executive Director of Amnesty International Chile
During the meeting, President Boric promised to keep open a space for constant collaboration, maintaining the human rights agenda as a pillar of his government’s policies. In response to Amnesty International’s concerns about the lack of a comprehensive reparations policy, the President expressed his commitment to ensuring that victims of human rights violations are central to his administration’s priority actions. He was also firm in his conviction to exercise a different leadership and condemn the human rights crises in the rest of the region, without double standards or influenced by the interests of the governments in power.
The delegation also met this morning with the Minister of Health, Dr. María Begoña Yarza Sáez, to present a new joint report by Amnesty International and the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR). The report “Unequal and lethal: five key actions to recover from the human rights crisis unleashed by the pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean” will be published on Wednesday, April 27. The delegation will also hold a meeting this week with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonia Urrejola.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Duncan Tucker (Amnesty International Americas): [email protected]
Ilsen Jara (Amnesty International Chile): [email protected]