Chile: comment of OHCHR-South America on the situation of Celestino Córdova

24 de April, 2018

SANTIAGO (23 April 2018) – The Regional Office for South America of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is closely following the hunger strike of Celestino Córdova, a machi of the mapuche indigenous people, and expresses concern about his health condition.

In this regard, OHCHR urges the State of Chile to act in accordance with its role as guarantor, in light of international standards of human rights and of indigenous peoples.

OHCHR encourages all parties to remain committed to urgently find a solution, through dialogue in good faith, to guarantee the right to life that belongs to every person, without discrimination.


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