The undersecretary of the Interior, Juan Francisco Galli, assured this morning that the INDH recommended to the victims who have denounced human rights violations, « not to make contact with the Carabineros or provide information to the Carabineros » and that is why, as he said, the summaries administrative staff that weigh on the institution today « have not been able to count on that background. »

Galli argued that the same happened with some government authorities who wanted to make contact with the victims, well, he said « it was his own lawyers who prevented or recommended the inconvenience of this contact for various reasons. »

« The will of the government always exists, but obviously we don’t want to cause inconvenience, » Galli told reporters.

The reaction of the National Institute of Human Rights (INDH) did not take long and they lashed out at the words of the Undersecretary of the Interior who, according to a statement, « justifies the fact that government authorities or police officers have not made contact with Fabiola Campillai and other victims by an alleged recommendation of the NHRI ”.

« Undersecretary Juan Francisco Galli is wrong, as we have clarified on two previous occasions, » they pointed out from the institute chaired by Sergio Micco, from where they assure that they asked, through official letter No. 950, addressed to mr. Mario Rozas, General Director of the Carabineros, that the police officers « ask the victims for their written statements to avoid their revictimization when patrols with beacons arrive at their homes or at the assistance centers where they are still convalescing. »

“The recommendation was always that they be available to deliver the information in writing, or through the Public Ministry. The institute even sent all the information it has for the proceedings to move forward, ”said the INDH in a public statement.

According to what they said, Undersecretary Galli tries to justify the slow progress of the investigations and the lack of contact of the Government with the victims « in a falsehood that we consider unacceptable, » they sentenced.

The president of the INDH, Sergio Micco, also came up against the sub-secretary’s statements and flatly denied the accusations, stating that the institute did indeed refer to the issue through an official letter addressed to the Carabineros.

« This is deeply false, » said Micco, explaining that this has « a very simple reason »: because this is a form of revictimization, the head of the NHRI argued and, therefore, he said, « they urged to coordinate the necessary interviews for their internal inquiries through the Public Ministry.

The head of the INDH was clear and reiterated that “what the Institute did was, through an official letter sent to the Carabineros, that is, through a formal and public act, to point out (…) that it was not convenient for the Carabineros to approach the victims in the framework of the investigations that were being carried out by these state agents.