Venezuela condemns death of Mapuche community leader in Chile

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela strongly condemns the serious events that took place on November 14th, 2018, in the Araucania Region, Republic of Chile, where the Mapuche community leader Camilo Catrillanca was killed, during an operation of a Tactical Group of Carabineros.

The indiscriminate and unjustified use of the force by the Chilean State against the original Mapuche people, who claim their rights over their ancestral territories, reveals a systematic policy of criminalization of social protest in clear contravention of international treaties and agreements on Human Rights.

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela calls on the Chilean government to conduct a diligent and impartial investigation into the acts of violence that took place in the Araucania Region, in order to clarify the facts and the actors involved and to establish accountability.

The Government of Chile must also comply with the recommendations of international human rights organizations on the selective implementation of legislation -based on ethnic reasons- that violates the fundamental rights such as due process, freedom of expression and personal freedom.

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reaffirms its profound solidarity with the Chilean people, especially with the worthy Mapuche People, and we join the mourning of the family of comrade Camilo Catrillanca in these fateful moments. At the same time, it reaffirms the commitment to the respect and consolidation of human rights, equality and social justice.

Caracas, November 20th, 2018