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4 November 2008

Amnesty International's Secretary General visits Mapuche communities in Chile

Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan today led a visit to Temuco to visit Mapuche communities and organizations working to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Talking about her visit, Irene Khan said:

We came to Temuco to listen to the people, to look at how their dignity is threatened by the exclusion, discrimination and abuse of human rights.

Amnesty International has long worked on the cases of indigenous peoples who
Were prosecuted under the anti terrorism legislation, and their prison conditions.

This remains a concern for us but now we are also looking at the circumstances behind the social conflict and violence from which they are suffering and their struggle over the right to land, water and other natural resources.

.Many of these are new areas for Amnesty International so we are here to talk to those most affected to explore the best ways forward to raise public conscience on these issues and change.

For more information, please contact: Virginie Houdmont, M (Chile): (+56-9) 8141 0308,
Josefina Salomon, M (Chile) (+56-9) 9877 91507M (UK): +44 7778 472 116,
AI Index: PRE01/269/2008
Region Americas
Country Chile
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