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Last week, the rights group Derechos Digitales released the text of a worrying draft decree, signed by President Michelle Bachelet in June, that could greatly increase intrusive government access to personal data. The decree, which still needs to be…
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Basic Reforms are Necessary to Protect Fundamental Rights

Chile should limit the scope of its military justice system and reform the country's anti-terrorism law so that it can no longer be used to prosecute actions that do not constitute grave crimes of political violence, Human Rights Watch said today. The…
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Libel Charges Against Journalist Undermine Free Speech

(Washington, DC) - Chile should not use criminal libel laws to prevent individuals, in particular journalists, from fulfilling their role in disseminating information on matters of serious public concern, Human Rights Watch said today.Pascale Bonnefoy, a…
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Abuses in Student Protest Highlight Need for Police Reforms

(Santiago) — The dismissal yesterday of a police Special Forces commander and his deputy, whose unit has been implicated in police brutality in ongoing student protests, is an important step toward accountability, Human Rights Watch said today. Human…
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(Santiago, March 10, 2005) - Chile should reform its criminal and military justice codes to eliminate provisions that criminalize speech that is disrespectful of public authorities, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the chair of a Senate…
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(Santiago, Chile) — The criminal defamation conviction in Chile of a former political prisoner, who claims that she was sexually abused while detained by the Chilean army after the 1973 coup, raises serious freedom of expression concerns, Human Rights…
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(Washington, D.C.) A Chilean court order barring a television station from broadcasting a program about a murder case violates international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said today. A Santiago court yesterday ordered Chilean National…
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(New York) - The Chilean government's decision to give urgent attention to draft legislation on free expression reform represents a major stride toward opening up the public debate, Human Rights Watch said today. The government of President Ricardo Lagos…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch called for the release of Chilean businessman Eduardo Yañez, who was arrested today in Santiago and faces prosecution on charges of lack of respect for authority. Yañez criticized the Chilean judiciary on a television show…
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Eliminate Remaining Restrictions on Free Expression

The passage of a new press law in Chile represents an important step toward protecting freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said today. While welcoming the legislation, which passed the Senate yesterday, Human Rights Watch warned that press freedom…
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(Washington, DC) - Human Rights Watch today welcomed President Ricardo Lagos's proposal to introduce legislation to repeal contempt of authority provisions of the Chilean Criminal Code. The proposed reforms, which would put an end to the special legal…
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Reform of Antiquated Laws Urgently Needed

(Santiago) - Chile's record on freedom of expression has improved little since the end of military rule, Human Rights Watch charged in a report released today. Although the country has made great progress in prosecuting the abuses of the Pinochet…
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Human Rights Watch announced today that an exiled Chilean journalist, Alejandra Matus, is among the recipients of this year's Hellman-Hammett Awards, given to writers who have been victims of persecution. Prominent writers and journalists from all over…
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(Washington, D.C.) - President Eduardo Frei should grant a pardon to journalist José Ale Aravena, who was convicted last month of "insulting" the former president of the Supreme Court in Chile, Human Rights Watch said today. The Supreme Court gave Ale a…
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Return to democracy incomplete, says rights group

(Santiago de Chile) - Eight years after Chile regained democracy, legal restrictions on free expression are more pervasive than in any other democratic society in the Western hemisphere, according to a report published today by Human Rights Watch. In the…
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In the 24 years since independence, massive, systematic electoral fraud has denied the Guyanese people their right to freely elect their government. Unable to express themselves politically in free and fair elections and constricted by the repressive…