The four imprisoned Mapuches announced the end of a hunger strike that lasted for 87 days. It was after the intervention of various national and international organizations and the creation of a permanent commission for the defence of the Mapuche rights.
After having been separated and forcibly taken to different hospitals, the Mapuche commoners were reunited in Victoria Hospital, in the Chilean south, where they decided to put an end to the hunger strike.
The purpose of this committee will be to reform the Anti-terrorism Law in a context of respect towards Human Rights and the Mapuche people. Different organizations, both national and international, will contribute to the commission.
It will be composed by the director of the Institute of Human Rights, Lorena Fries, the UN high commissioner, Amerigo Incalaterra, the archbishop of the province of Concepción, Fernando Chomalí, and the archbishop of pastoral Mapuche, Fernando Díaz.
As representatives of the Mapuche people are the wives of José Huenuche and Héctor Llaitul. Also Natividad Llanquileo, Ramón Llanquileo’s sister. Huenuche, Llaitul and Llanquileo were the imprisoned commoners.
The last medical report indicated that the villagers showed severe malnutrition, moderate to severe organ involvement, sleep disturbances and loss of more than 20 kilos.
The community members were convicted of the cause that investigated the attack on the prosecutor Mario Elgueta, in 2008.
Story courtesy of Agencia Púlsar, the news agency of AMARC-ALC