Human Rights

Communist Party Takes President Piñera to International Criminal Court

SANTIAGO – The Communist Party is taking President Sebastián Piñera to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague over the human rights violations that have occurred since the social uprising started on October 18. The party accuses Piñera of being politically responsible for that state violence. So far, the violence related to the protests has claimed over 20 lives and left hundreds injured.

The Communist Party tried to have President Piñera constitutionally accused, but as Congress voted against the measure, the party is now seeking other ways to hold the president responsible for the human rights violations committed during the social crisis in Chile.

Party leader Guillermo Teillier said during a press conference that his party would not allow impunity regarding the violation of human rights. According to Juan Andrés Lagos, member of the board, the party is already with a team of lawyers to present the accusation at the ICC in The Hague as soon as possible.

In an interview with CNN Chile, Teillier added that “as main authority of the country, we believe that with his actions he allowed human rights violations to occur in Chile, something that was reported by international organizations.”

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Result Of Human Rights Reports

According to the board members, the accusation is the result of the reports of international organizations, who all reported serious human rights violations committed during the crisis. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Commission released their reports over the last months, and some even reported systematic human rights violations by Chilean authorities.

According to Lagos, “the President, the Minister of Justice and government representatives say that efforts are being made to avoid abuses and human rights violations, but the facts show something different as people still get injured and lose eyesight.”

Karol Cariola, a Communist parliamentarian, said told news site El Dinamo that “the President of the Republic broke the laws of our country, seriously violating human rights. Crimes against humanity are constituted when states fail to comply with the international treaties that we have signed, such as the Rome Statute. That is the fundamental reason to carry out this accusation, as we believe that his action cannot remain unpunished.

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