Security forces detain a demonstrator during a protest against Chile’s government in Valparaiso, Chile [Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters]

Antofagasta, Chile – Chilean police and military forces committed serious human rights violations, including killings, torture and violence sexual attacks during anti-government protests that have gripped the country for nearly two months, UN investigators said in a report released on Friday. 

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documented 133 acts of torture and mistreatment, 24 cases of sexual violence and isolated cases of psychological torture, including simulated executions, threats of forced disappearance and threats of rape.

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The security forces’ response to the protests “was carried out in a fundamentally repressive manner”, Imma Guerras-Delgado, the leader of the UN mission to Chile, said on Friday. 

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