The UN expresses concern over the killing of the Mapuche community in southern Chile

The UN expresses concern over the killing of the Mapuche community in southern Chile

The Regional Office for South America of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) regretted and expressed today its concern over the death of the Mapuche Camilo Catrillanca in southern Chile, who was shot during a police operation .

"According to the information received by the Regional Office, the events took place within the framework of an operation carried out by personnel of special forces of Carabineros de Chile," the UN said in a statement.

He also noted that during the operation was illegally detained a minor, who was the victim of injuries "that could constitute torture," he said.

Catrillanca, 24, died on November 14 while driving a tractor in the community of Temucuicui, in the southern region of La Araucanía, where carabineros forces were facing gunshots with car thieves they were chasing.

Until now, Carabineros had denied having images of the incident, arguing that due to the haste of the action, the Carabineros had not managed to install the cameras they usually wear in their helmets, however this Sunday the Government recognized that a policeman had destroyed the images .

The OHCHR communiqué "trusts that the Public Prosecutor's Office will conduct a thorough, rigorous and effective investigation to establish the circumstances of the events, as well as the full identification of those responsible and the corresponding sanctions."

It also urges the timely assessment of the integral reparation of the damage caused and the guarantees of non-repetition.

The international body warned that it will continue to follow up on this case and take steps within the framework of its mandate, nationally and internationally.

The institution reported that the head of Order and Security of La Araucanía, General Mauro Victoriano Krebs, and the Special Forces prefect, Colonel Iván Contreras, presented their resignations for command responsibility, which was accepted.

Likewise, Carabineros is studying the situation of four officials belonging to the Special Operations Group (GOPE), who participated in the procedure and who did not provide the information.

On Sunday night dozens of people went out to perform a "cacerolazo" both in Santiago and in regions, for the death of Camilo Catrillanca.


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