Paul Aravena


In the petition, the organization recalled a sentence issued by the international organization in 2019, which has not yet been fully complied with.

The cases of poisoning in Quintero and Puchuncaví reach the IACHR.
© AGENCY ONEThe cases of intoxication in Quintero and Puchuncaví reach the IACHR.

The Ombudsman for Children sent a request for precautionary measures to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rightsdue to the situation experienced by more than 13,000 children and adolescents in the districts of Quintero and Puchuncaví, after constant episodes of intoxication, which have worsened in recent weeks, a situation that the Ombudsman for Children describes as “serious and urgent”.

The agency recalled that there is a ruling from 2019 in this regard, which “has not yet been fully complied with.”

“With this international action we seek that the State of Chile finally deploy all the necessary actions to protect and guarantee the rights to life, a dignified life, personal integrity, health, education, family life, living in an environment free of contamination, of the children and adolescents of the area”, warned the Ombudsman for Children, Patricia Muñoz.

The Ombudsman for Children also referred to the closure of the Ventanas smelter, which was valued by the organization, but they warned that more measures are required in the same direction.

The organization also points out that in the last month alone, approximately 400 children and adolescents have been counted who have been affected by the constant episodes of poisoning due to contamination, as a consequence of the industrial and mining activity in the area.

Regarding this, the Ombudsman for Children indicated that in the request they detailed that students in the area “have had to suspend their attendance at classes (…) they have had to restrict the exercise of their rights due to the administrative resolutions that have so provided.”

Within the same request they emphasize that the episodes of intoxication are not isolated events, but rather correspond to a “structural context of human rights violations against children and adolescents.”

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