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Chile: Demonstrations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Tommy Sheppard Tommy Sheppard Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (House of Lords)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of allegations of human rights abuses during the ongoing protests in Chile.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State

The British Government is concerned by events that have occurred in Chile in recent days, and is aware of allegations of human rights abuses by a few members of the security forces. We welcome that the Chilean Government has responded to these allegations by giving access to human rights investigators and inviting the UN Human Rights Commissioner and Human Rights Watch to send investigatory teams. We welcome the clear statements made by the Chilean authorities that allegations of human rights abuses will be investigated and that, if appropriate, prosecutions will follow.

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