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e-2302 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Paola Ardiles from Vancouver, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • On October 18, 2019, in Chile, thousands of students engaged in protest against increases to transit fares, energy utility prices, and increasing inequality in their country;
  • This movement rapidly grew to include workers, professionals, union members, and citizens, and now includes demands for universal health care, living wages and pensions, access to public education, and an end to the Pinochet-era constitution of 1980;
  • From October 19 to 27, 2019, a state of emergency was declared in Chile, the military was deployed to the streets to enforce a curfew, and peaceful protests were repressed;
  • Since then, millions of people have protested and more than 6,362 Chilean nationals have been detained, including 2,381 wounded, 759 children and adolescents, and 346 legal actions have been brought against the government for homicide and other serious violations, including 246 reports of torture and 58 reports of sexual violence; and
  • The Government of Canada positions itself as a defender of human rights, the freedom of association, and claims to be working to reduce inequality globally.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Urge the Chilean government to end military and police repression and abuse of powers;
2. Urge Chilean authorities to investigate and punish all those who are responsible for the human rights violations, so that there is no impunity for crimes committed since the protests began;
3. Urge other nations to respect Chile’s sovereignty and ensure that military forces do not intervene in the country’s affairs.
Open for signature
December 10, 2019, at 4:16 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 9, 2020, at 4:16 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Jenny Kwan
Vancouver East
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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