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President Bachelet Must Fulfill Her Committment to Human Rights Now

On March 11, 2014, Dr. Michelle Bachelet assumed the Presidency of Chile. On this occassion, the human rights organizations endorsing this statement consider necessary to submit to the world the following:

- Since the Human Rights Program of the now governing New Majority contains many valuable and long-overdue principles, which were presented to the people as a government commitment, and for which this government received an overwhelming electoral and parliamentary majority, we demand that these principles be met fully and urgently.

- We believe that victims of human rights abuses (crimes against humanity), have been so far deceived on our claims for legitimate rights. These rights were clearly set out on International Treaties signed by Chile. Yet, Chile's reparation laws (derived from the work of the National Corporation for Reparation and Reconciliation and the Commission on Political Imprisonment and Torture) do not meet international commitments or obligations incurred.

- Whereas it has been more than forty years since these human rights violations occurred, we urgently demand a definitive solution in both civil and criminal matters. 30% of the victims have by now already died without receiving the justice to which they were entitled and many others are elderly or infirm. Therefore, the Human Rights program of President Bachelet should be included as a priority of government.

- We request to President Bachelet that she instruct the State Defense Council on procedures to reach amicable settlements or judicial settlement in all human rights cases pending in courts, and desist from requesting as they currently do an exception for civil prescription of charges. Moreover, for the cases pending before the Inter-American International Justice Court, with regards to allegations from victims against denial of Justice in Chile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should be willing to reach an early and amicable solution with the victims suing Chile. The Government's HH.RR. Program defines prescription of charges as impunity on civil lawsuits against the state and promises that measures to prevent this will be implemented.

- We believe it is urgent to meet the aspirations of Justice and Reparation for ALL VICTIMS OF THE DICTATORSHIP, whether or not they have sued the State. Therefore, we expect that without further delay, President Bachelet would present, promote and pass a law for Reparation with Fair and Adequate Compensation as indicated in Art. 14 of the International Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatments.

- We demand once and for all an end to impunity. The State must fulfill its obligation to promote judicial investigation to pursue imprescriptible criminal responsibility of the perpetrators of murder and torture. Section 15 of the Act #19992 of 2004 must be repealed because it seriously violates international standards when the State of Chile evades its duty to investigate crimes of torture. All the information reported to the National Commission on Political Imprisonment and Torture should be used to prepare legal complaints and reports of torture.

We want no more frustrations and disappointments, no more impunity. Justice and reparation now!

The following organizations undersign this statement:

Agrupación de Ex Presos Políticos Socialistas de la Región del Bío Bío
Brigada de Ex Prisioneros Políticos Socialistas de Puerto Montt
Asociación de ex Presos Políticos y ex Prisioneros de Guerra de Valparaíso
Agrupación Nacional de Familiares de Ex Prisioneros Políticos Fallecidos de Chile
Agrupación Cultural y de Derechos Ciudadanos “ORLANDO LETELIER DEL SOLAR"
Organización No Gubernamental de Desarrollo “DAWSON2000”
Agrupación de DDHH "FERNANDO ÁLVAREZ" – Concepción
Agrupación de Ex Presos Políticos de Rancagua
Agrupación de Ex Presos Políticos de San Felipe
Agrupación de Beneficiarios PRAIS de Osorno 
Comité de Salud PRAIS Talcahuano-Hualpén
Unión de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Chile, con sus orgánicas locales:
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Arica
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Iquique
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Antofagasta
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Calama
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Coquimbo
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Rengo
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de San Vicente de Tagua Tagua
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos Metropolitano Centro
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos Metropolitano Sur
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Chillán
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Cabrero
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Los Ángeles
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Negrete
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Tomé
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Lumaco
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Lautaro
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Temuco
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Panguipulli
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Neltume
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Loncoche
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Los Lagos
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Valdivia
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Río Bueno
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Osorno
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Río Negro
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Fresia
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Ancud
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Coyhaique
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Puerto Aysén
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Puerto Natales
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Bariloche
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Neuquén
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Hamburgo
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Copenhague
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Montreal
Agrupación de Ex Prisioneros Políticos de Halmstad