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In Chile, OHCHR-South America carried out activites related to the International Decade for People of African Descent

29 de January, 2018

Photo: OHCHR South AmericaSANTIAGO (29 January 2018) – On 24 January, the Regional Office for South America of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-South America) carried out several human rights activities in Arica (in northern Chile), within the framework of the International Decade for People of African Descent.

During this visit, a meeting was held with elected senators of the region and civil society groups, in order to discuss the opportunity that the Decade provides to renew efforts towards accomplishing international human rights commitments adopted by the Chilean state with regards to people of African descent.

OHCHR-South America engaged in a roundtable discussion with indigenous organizations from the region, which was coordinated by the National Human Rights Institute of Arica and Parinacota (INDH). During the event, representatives from civil society organizations raised their main concerns, such as the application of the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Convention no. 169, as well as issues related to the country’s Indigenous Constituent Consultation process and socio-environmental conflicts in the region.  

Finally, OHCHR-South America participated in the Intercultural Training Course for Afro-descendants, imparted by the University of Tarapacá, together with the Afrochilean Lumbanga NGO.


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