PUBLIC STATEMENT MAPUCHE POLITICAL PRISONERS FROM TEMUKO JAIL
September 24, 2012
From the prison of Temuco, we inform the national and international public opinion about the irregular conditions that surround our process. In spite of not finding incriminating evidence against us in the setups that the State of Chile has created, to repress and imprison us, we are victims of irregularities while remaining prisoners, which is why:
Kiñe(1): We demand the immediate transfer to the CCP of Angol, for being the CCP closest to our families, who are most affected by all these injustices, considering the economic cost that is involved in moving from Ercilla to Temuko. This being a major problem because it was us who until our arrest have been providing the sustenance to our homes. We also want to emphasize physical and psychological exertion that our grandmothers, mothers, wives and small children perform to travel, enduring long hours of travel, to be no more than two hours with us. And not to mention the humiliating searches by the Gendarmerie of Chile, to which they have to submit themselves.
Therefore, we consider as Mapuche Political Prisoners that the guarantees set out in Chile's prison regulations and agreements that Chile has signed internationally must be fulfilled. Such as:
According to Article 53 of the Prison Regulations establishing a rule to guarantee the exercise of this right: "To safeguard the right to visits, the condemned must remain held preferably near their place of residence." Warranty established in order to prevent the of the prisoner habituation.
(UN, 1988). Principle 20 recognizes the right of the inmate "To serve their sentences in a prison located at a reasonable distance from their place of habitual residence."
The principle of intranscendence of the penalty provisions of art. 5.3 of the American Convention on Human Rights establishes that this does not may transcend of the person of the offender, as it would be willfully depriving the family of the inmate of the ability to visit regularly.
The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, in particular Rules 37 and 79 refer to the right of prisoners to communicate regularly, under necessary supervision, with their families through visits, it is the duty of the administration to ensure the maintenance and improvement of relations between the prisoner and his family.
Epu(2): We inform you that on Monday September 10 we gave a letter of request to the Chief of the Gendarmerie of the CCP of Temuco, as part of the regular channels that he informed us that we should follow, applying for our transfer, giving our various reasons, without getting any reply to date. We also make it known that at the moment when the sentence of preventive detention was dictated for Luis Marileo, this transfer was requested at the same time of the Magistrate, committing him, to give a prompt resolution. However already it has been almost a month since the arbitrary detention and there is no answer.
Küla(3): This silence and lack of seriousness in the regular channels that have continued and the lack of compliance with the minimum guarantees of detainees according to international agreements, shows that there is no legal or administrative reasons for not granting us the right to remain near our families.
Meli(4): In response to another of the injustices done to our people, we want to inform the national and international public opinion that if within this week, from 24 to 29 September 2012, the transfer to the CCP nearest our homes is not made which we requested, we will submit ourselves to an indefinite hunger strike as the only way to make them respect the minimum rights of this imprisonment imposed on us.
Kechu(5): From the prison of Temuko we express our utmost support to all peñi held in the prison of Angol, who carry strongly one month of hunger strike in response to the lack of clarity and objectivity in our processes. From here we also express our concern at the imprisonment of Mapuche children as is the case of G.V.M., who is being held in the prison of Minors of Chol Chol, a reality that is not worrying the authorities and those responsible for ensuring that the rights of the Children are respected.
STOP THE SETUPS, MURDERS, ABUSE AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN MAPUCHE TERRITORY.
STOP THE MILITARIZATION IN THE COMMUNITIES
FREEDOM AND AUTONOMY