Case against Piñera brought to The Hague for alleged human rights violations in 2019 – MercoPress


Chile: case against Piñera brought to the Hague for alleged human rights violations in 2019

Friday, April 30, 2021 – 08:46 UTC

The ICC has no deadline for deciding whether to admit the charge, making a quick response unlikely.

Chilean and human rights organizations as well as the former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón on Thursday filed a charge in the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Sebastián Piñera for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the 2019 protests, it was reported.

Garzón, the Chilean Commission on Human Rights (CCHDH) and other organizations today sent a letter to the Attorney General of the International Criminal Court (ICC), lawyer Fatou Bensouda, in the Dutch city of The Hague for the court to investigate, indict and bring a trial against President Sebastián Piñera for crimes against humanity committed since October 2019, ”reported the Center for Journalistic Investigation (Ciper).

The document presented calls for the prosecution of Piñera and all officials and members of the security forces involved in the crackdown on the protests of a year and a half ago, convinced that widespread and systematic crimes against humanity have been committed.

According to the complainants, the Chilean justice has filed more than 3,000 cases of human rights violations without investigation, which, in their opinion, highlights the impunity that exists in Chile.

“The cases are fraudulently classified and are investigated in Chile as common crimes, with the deliberate aim, first of all, to remove them from the jurisdiction of the ICC and, second, to prepare the conditions which would promote their subsequent impunity with the possible request for prescription rules (limitation period), or by the application of possible pardons, amnesties or laws of end of mandate, ?? the plaintiffs pleaded before The Hague.

The ICC has no deadline for deciding whether to admit the charge, making a quick response unlikely.

In October 2019, a wave of protests challenged the Piñera government, which responded with a severe crackdown that left some 30 dead, 460 people injured in their eyes and more than 8,800 complaints of crimes committed by state agents according to a report from the public prosecutor. Office.

These complaints have been confirmed by reports from the United Nations, Amnesty International, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and the National Institute of Human Rights.

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