Chilean Human Rights Commission qualifies Leturia’s statements as “unequivocally insulting”

The humanitarian entity rejected the expressions of the president of the Council for Transparency who questioned the work carried out in the country.

Friday August 5, 2022 5:20 p.m.

This Friday, the Chilean Commission for Human Rights (CCHDH) decided to respond to the unfortunate comments of the president of the Council for Transparency, Francisco Leturia on Twitter. From the CCHDH they described his statements as “unequivocally insulting to our Institution”.

The controversy arose after the former constituent Bassa published on the social network Twitter, the declaration of the Chilean Human Rights Commission (DD.HH.) on the proposal for a new Constitution.

“Human rights become the articulating axis of the constitutional text, and their respect, due protection and guarantee, the backbone of the new social pact that it proposes,” Bassa wrote in the post, which hours later was commented on by the president. of the CPLT.

“What the fuck (sic) is the Chilean Human Rights Commission?” Francisco Leturia replied, generating the annoyance of several users of the application.

Faced with these statements, the CCHDH reported that “on August 3, the president of the Council for Transparency, Francisco Leturia Infante, has referred in unequivocally insulting terms to our Institution, on the occasion of the Public Declaration that the Chilean Human Rights Commission issued on the contents of the constitutional proposal that will be plebiscited on September 4.”

and they added “The behavior of this public official is unacceptable, which not only offends the Memory of our recent history, but also contradicts the decorum and respect imposed by his high public function, affecting the principle of probity to which he is expressly subject.”

The organization pointed out that Leturia “more than anyone else should know that insults are not protected by freedom of expression or opinion, so there is no justification to exonerate him from responsibility.”

“Consequently, we urge the Comptroller General of the Republic to analyze this procedure, given the importance of its function, and in exercise of the clear mandate of Article 43 of the Law on Transparency”, they expressed.

They also commented that “notwithstanding the foregoing, Along with valuing the public declaration of the officials of the Council for Transparency repudiating the statements of its President, we hope that the highest authority will request his resignation for seriously affecting his behavior the legitimacy of such an important body”.

“The Chilean Human Rights Commission will continue to carry out its work as it has been doing uninterruptedly since its foundation in 1978, defending the victims of state violence and promoting a culture of human rights as the founding basis of social coexistence, as mandates our Constitutive Act signed by its founders, Jaime Castillo Velasco, Máximo Pacheco Gormaz, Mila Oyarzún, Juvencio Valle, Clotario Blest, and other personalities, all of recognized suitability and moral integrity”, closes the letter.

It should be remembered that on Thursday, Leturia apologized for her comment on the same social network, where she wrote: “I shouldn’t have expressed myself like that. I sincerely apologize to all the people that I may have affected with such a sensitive and relevant topic.

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