The Piñera government launches a plan to search for victims of illegal adoption during the dictatorship

The Chilean government announced the launch of a pilot project to speed up the search and location of the fences of 700 victims of illegal adoptions carried out during the civic-military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) who are abroad and in Chilean territory. However, the NGO Hijos y Madres del Silencio and the parliamentary commission for the investigation of illegal adoptions regretted that The outgoing government did not comply with the commitment to create a National Footprint Bank and did not work with social organizations to put together the pilot initiative.

Illegal adoptions

Chile’s Justice Ministry reported on the launch of a pilot plan to locate hundreds of people who were victims of illegal adoptions during Pinochetism. “We are making progress in collaborating with those whose children were adopted irregularly or were falsely registered, taking them away from their mothers and fathers, doing truly humiliating acts of human dignity, “said the Minister of Justice, Hernán Larraín.

The government’s pilot plan was denounced by the organization Sons and Mothers of Silence, an NGO that worked on the reunification of more than 260 families in Chile. As denounced by the agency in a statement cited by the weekly The century, the government is going to grant funds “to an NGO to buy international DNA kits that we have used but that it does not have the necessary standards to replace the National DNA Fingerprint Bank that we have requested since the conclusions of the Special Investigative Commission of the Chamber of Deputies and Deputies were approved in 2019 ”.

Handling of personal data

According to the NGO Hijos y Madres del Silencio, the treatment of the personal data of relatives and victims is one of the concerns given the pilot plan presented by the outgoing government. “The international DNA bank is not a state entity, it is owned by international companies and does not give guarantees to families regarding the processing of their data, They are personal tests where they are supposed to be evaluated by each person. Here it is not known who is going to handle this data and guarantee their privacy ”.

The Deputy of the Communist Party and president of the investigative commission of illegal adoptions, Boris BarreraHe recalled that the Minister of Justice promised to create a national genetic fingerprint bank administered by the Legal Medical Service. “He even delivered a plan where in several of its stages the groups that work in this search were considered as Sons and Mothers of Silence”Barrera told local media.

“We regret that after unilaterally they have considered that the bank did not work” Y “The organization or the people who were participating were not asked for an opinion”added the deputy.

Unfulfilled promises

For its part, the organization Hijos y Madres del Silencio also recalled that the government’s promise to create a national genetic fingerprint bank “It was rejected by the Ministry of Justice shortly after taking the first blood samples, for having FEW SAMPLES (sic)”.

“Obviously, the way was to continue taking samples throughout the country, to strengthen the base of this bank and not finish the work that had just begun”they said in the statement.

During the presentation of the project, Larraín was rebuked by the president of the NGO Hijos y Madres del Silencio, Sol Rodríguez. “You did not summon us to absolutely anything, the only summons we had was on Friday for us to come to applaud this,” Rodríguez told the Minister of Justice.

“We have not worked with Hijos y Madres del Silencio, we do not want NGOs, foundations or any type of organization to take charge of this bank of genetic fingerprints (…) this corresponds to the State, not to individuals,” she was quoted as saying. the BioBio news portal.

State responsibility

In the statement, the organization chaired by Rodríguez claims that it was not consulted in all this time and that the government argued that it was because they do not have legal personality. “Minister: to do the work that the State should do we have not needed even legal personality, no money, no support of any kind. SOnly with love and will we have welcomed thousands of families in Chile and abroad and we have already solved more than 260 cases, all proven real, published on our fanpage and without charge of any kind “, the text continues.

In addition, they denounced that the Piñera government privileged working with an organization (We are looking for each other) that on the one hand, had already received funds in the outgoing president’s first term and what, on the other hand “He has complaints from organizations of Chileans adopted in Sweden such as”. The weekly The century It also reproduced a letter sent by this association founded in Sweden in 1997.

In the letter they emphasize that the Chilean State is responsible for creating a bank of DNA genetic fingerprints whose first samples date from March 2020 before the government discontinued the initiative of a national gene bank. In this sense, From they ask that the fingerprint bank is not in charge of the NGO We Search.

The association indicates that in the NGO We Search “they have more than 400 folders of adoptees in Sweden, and since 2018 we have asked that these folders not be in the hands of this institution.” The Swedish association affirms that the Swedish embassy has already tried to contact the representative of We Are Wanted. “She keeps information very private and personal and uses it to call and pressure adoptees to search for their origins even when it has not been requested.” “Being a person taken from your family is traumatic and difficult. We need to know that the job of bank DNA fingerprinting is serious and something that the state is responsible for developing and maintaining now and in the future.”added the association in the letter.

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