UN describes as deplorable conditions of indigenous peoples in Chile

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The Rapporteur expressed concern about the abandonment of the Government to the homeless. | Photo: EFE

The Organization of United Nations (UN) considers that the conditions of indigenous dwellings in Chile are harmful for this population. Thus denounced him this Friday the Special Rapporteur on housing, Leilani Farha.
The specialist explained “that indigenous peoples suffer housing conditions harmful, such as overcrowding, insecurity of tenure and the lack of access to water and discrimination”.
In the press presented in the Chilean capital Conference, Farha explained that “Chile has had a long legacy of discrimination of this kind against its indigenous people, whose living conditions are deplorable”.
The specialist for inequality is a characteristic of Chilean society and housing is a reflection of this condition. It is considered that access to decent housing should be deemed as a human right and not a commodity to be able to ensure that the most vulnerable can meet this need.
The grounds stated by Farha are the expulsion and dispossession of indigenous groups from their traditional lands “to make way for Government-sponsored forestry”. The most vulnerable groups regarding housing are members of the mapuche people, the largest indigenous group in Chile, and migrants.
He stressed that in Chile has increased the number of immigrants by 200 percent in recent years. The majority of Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela and Haiti. These must agree even rental market where deprives an “excessive” discrimination.
The Rapporteur recommended that the Government of Michelle Bachelet include constitutional reform promoted by his administration, the right to housing and to recognize the intercultural character of the Chilean society.
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