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In the midst of the 2023 Budget debate, the Senate approved the restitution of resources from the National Human Rights Institute (INDH).
This was ratified with 18 votes in favor and 16 against.
It is worth mentioning that the opposition lost it, since some senators were absent and not paired. This means making “an agreement between two parliamentarians, from different caucuses or committees, through which, during a certain period, they agree not to participate in any vote if one of them is absent”, as explained by the National Library of Congress.
According to information collected by La Radio, Senator Paulina Núñez (RN) is not evenly matched because she has constitutional permission.
The replenishment of INDH funds is established in Chapter 01: Treasury- Program 03: Complementary Operations, which says: Replenish the expenses that have been reduced from Assignment 133, National Institute of Human Rights, Item 03, Subtitle 24, up to an amount of: $14.104.211.
As a consequence of this indication, the higher aggregation items can be understood as modified.
The director of the INDH, Consuelo Contreras, explained that they “had asked for a 10% increase and we got a 5% increase. There is a reduction, but there is also an increase in relation to the 2022 Budget. After this vote we are quite calm”.
“It still remains to go to the mixed commission and the vote in the Chamber, but we have peace of mind that the political class understands the importance of protecting Human Rights, which is one of the pillars of democracy”, added Contreras.
When asked if It is that prior to this vote something in particular was requested of her or if there is some commitment in the way the institute is run, the director said that “nothing special has been requested of us. What we are going to report more rigorously on the activities of the National Institute of Human Rights”.
“I think it is important, because there is a lack of knowledge and perhaps we have to communicate better way. We also work with the issues of human trafficking and trafficking. That they are serious violations of human rights”, specified the director of the INDH.