6 octobre 2015
Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai undertook an official mission to the
Republic of Chile Sept. 21-30, 2015.
The visit was carried out pursuant to his mandate to assess the
situation of freedoms of peaceful assembly and association in the country.
The Special Rapporteur concluded his visit by urging the Government of
Chile to eliminate “vestiges of dictatorship” that are detrimental to
the freedom of peaceful assembly in the country, and continue reforms so
that the country can “take its rightful place as a global leader in
“Chile has made enormous strides since its return to democracy 25 years
ago,” Kiai said at the end of his visit. “However, there are still
remnants of yesteryear that have no place in the Chile of today. The
ghost of this era looms particularly large over the security sector,
chiefly the police—and specifically the Special Forces—and their
function in policing social conflicts and assemblies.”
The expert’s most pressing concerns centered around Chile’s practical
management of protests. During his visit, he was informed of numerous
and varied examples of violations perpetrated by police during protests,
including excessive force and harassment of activists.
The Special Rapporteur raised concerns over the use of identification
checks by the police, a practice that pending legislation may soon
enshrine as law. He said that the practice of stopping individuals at
random – without specific evidence of a crime – has the potential to
chill the exercise of the right to peaceful assembly.
Maina Kiai’s report on the visit is expected to be released in Spring 2016
Published by KAPMA