INTER - AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
COMISION INTERAMERICANA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS
COMISSÃO INTERAMERICANA DE DIREITOS HUMANOS
COMMISSION INTERAMÉRICAINE DES DROITS DE L'HOMME

ORGANIZACIÓN DE LOS ESTADOS AMERICANOS
WASHINGTON, D.C. 2 0 0 0 6 EEUU
August 7, 2011
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Case No. 12,576
Segundo Aniceto Norín Catrimán, Juan Patricio Marileo Saravia, Víctor
Ancalaf Llaupe, et al (Lonkos, leaders and activists of the Mapuche
indigenous community)
Chile

Mr. Secretary:
I have the pleasure of addressing you on behalf of the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights and submits to the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Case
No. No. 12,576, Segundo Aniceto Norín Catrimán, Juan Patricio Marileo Saravia, Víctor Ancalaf
Llaupe, et al (Lonkos, leaders, and activists of the Mapuche indigenous community) v. the
Republic of Chile (hereinafter “the State,” “the Chilean State,” or “Chile”). This case involves
violations of the rights enshrined in Articles 8.1, 8.2, 8.2.(f), 8.2.(h), 9, 13, 23, and 24 of the
American Convention on Human Rights, with regard to the obligations established in Articles 1.1
and 2 of said instrument, against Segundo Aniceto Norín Catrimán, Pascual Huentequeo
Pichún Paillalao, Florencio Jaime Marileo Saravia, José Huenchunao Mariñán, Juan Patricio
Marileo Saravia, Juan Ciriaco Millacheo Lican, Patricia Roxana Troncoso Robles, and Víctor
Manuel Ancalaf Llaupe, who were tried and convicted for alleged acts of terrorism in
proceedings which employed rules of criminal procedure that are inconsistent with the principle
of legality, and also involved a series of irregularities that impacted due process, including
unjust consideration of and discrimination against the defendants’ ethnic origin. All of this took
place against a well-known backdrop of selective implementation of anti-terrorist legislation to
the detriment of members of the Mapuche indigenous community in Chile.

Mr. Pablo Saavedra Alessandri
Secretary, Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Apartado 6906-1000
San José, Costa Rica

Appendices
Specifically, the victims were tried and convicted based on a legislation which has a
number of ambiguities that allowed the characterization of the behavior alleged as terrorist

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