Santiago ( Associated Press) – Chile’s office of the Ombudsman on Monday condemned the lack of justice in the case of hundreds of children and teenagers who were killed within the state service responsible for caring for homeless minors or lawbreakers. He said that in the nearly 200 cases investigated, only five convictions have been found in 11 years.
Children’s Ombudsman Patricia Munoz announced that the deaths occurred between 2005 and 2016 at National Service for Minors (SENAME) residences, which are dependent on the Ministry of Justice, or when the children were in outpatient protection programs.
A report by the Children’s Ombudsman’s Rights Observatory, a public body that promotes and protects the rights of minors, prepared with records provided by the Ministry of Public Affairs, stated that 878 deaths occurred. Of these, only 200 were investigated by the prosecutor’s office. , although most were closed without sentence and only five were convicted.
The document, “There is no justice without truth: advances in the processing of causes of child and adolescent death in the Senem Network”, states that it “reveals the alarming data that reveals, once again, a lack of justice and reparation.” does” in relation to the serious and systematic violation of human rights of children and adolescents residing under the supervision of the State.
The report of the Ombudsman for Children indicates that “out of these few convictions, two relate to offenses of unlawful coercion resulting in death and in the other three, the convicted persons have already served their sentence in a free manner.” lee hai (free)”.
Since 2016, “we can see that the incidence of rights infringement has not completely ceased, as confirmed in this report,” Munoz told state television.
The report was sent to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights to emphasize the need for Chile to create a Truth, Justice and Compensation Commission, in accordance with the recommendations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.
The Ombudsman for Children recalled that in 2018 the committee had stated that “the State of Chile is responsible for serious and systematic violations of the human rights of children and adolescents in the care of the State.” Last June, the committee, in its preliminary report, reiterated the need for a South American country to create a commission.
“Four years have passed since this shameful and cruel conclusion of the Committee, and an accurate and urgent recommendation, the State of Chile continues to not fulfill the duties imposed by human rights in this matter, with boys, girls and adolescents in a perpetual debt maintains, yesterday and today, which have been violated by the state, who should have looked after and protected them,” Munoz said.
In 2020, SENAME provided 17,886 services, a figure that includes some adults, and enrolled 5,806 people, in addition to serving another 16,436 online, according to its website.