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 sexual violence involving police and military agents during the ongoing protests in Chile.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State

‚ÄčThe British Government is concerned by events that have occurred in Chile in recent days, including allegations of sexual violence involving police and military agents. We welcome statements by the Chilean Justice Minister and public prosecutors that security forces will not be immune from any investigations or prosecutions, and welcome that the Chilean Government has invited the UN Human Rights Commissioner and Human Rights Watch to send investigatory teams. Our Embassy in Santiago is in contact with the Chilean authorities, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

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