Friday, 12 October 2012 19:01
Amnesty International warns force feeding could constitute breach in human rights.
Prison authorities are now permitted to force-feed four prisoners who have been on a hunger strike for 46 days, after the Temuco Court of Appeals in southern Chile ruled in favor of their petition to do so Friday.
The four prisoners, Paulino Levipan (22), Daniel Levinao (19), Rodrigo Montoya (23) and Eric Montoya (20), are being held at a hospital in Concepción, 310 miles south of Santiago. The four of them have demanded increased autonomy and land rights for their indigenous Mapuche tribe.
Although none of the four had been force fed at the time of publication, Amnesty International warned that such action may constitute a violation of human rights.
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Shortly after graduating from Beloit College in 2011, David booked a flight to Chile and found a passion for journalism at The Santiago Times.
Outside the Times, David has been published by organizations such as the World Policy Institute and the Midwest Journal for Undergraduate Research. He likes to keep up to date on current events around the world, and has a particular interest in the Americas.