< p>This afternoon at the Human Rights Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, the former director of the National Institute of Human Rights, Sergio Micco, presented his arguments against the accusations against him during the so-called social outbreak, when Micco was in office. . The complaint points to the loss of autonomy and plurality of the Institute during his period as director, and holds his figure responsible for crimes against humanity committed in October 2019.
This Wednesday the former director of the INDH was finally invited , Sergio Micco, to the Human Rights Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, to testify about the alleged pressures he would have received during the social outbreak.
Let us remember that the former authority faces a lawsuit for covering up crimes and abuses of the State in the 2019 protests, which was presented by the Chilean Human Rights Commission.
A motion of censure had even been filed against the president of the Human Rights Commission, Lorena Pizarro (PC), since she was accused of not wanting to invite Micco to the instance. This measure was eventually rejected.
Micco speaks before the House Human Rights Commission
Today, Micco was invited to the commission and said that “he came to present the It is important that a human rights institution be autonomous and pluralistic, that is, that all Chilean men and women, when they hear about human rights, say ‘ human rights are mine, here in La Araucanía, in Arica, in Santiago””.
He also said that he was going to speak about “what attack has suffered autonomy and pluralism within the National Institute of Human Rights, and what should we do based on these last three years of experience, so that the institute is autonomous and fully pluralist”.
Micco also commented that there was no discussion “within the commission about the draft agreement approved by the corporation. Personally, as a former director of the institute and counselor, I did not ask for such a project to be promoted”.
However, the former director was grateful “that the corporation has said, as I understand it, that it supports a management that precisely wanted, on the one hand, to condemn the violations of human rights, along with condemning the violence that was occurring in the country; along with saying that human rights belong to all Chileans”.
He also thanked the “words of the Minister Secretary General of the Presidency, in support of this management, as well as the former president of the Human Rights Commission, Alejandro Navarro, who has also considered the criminal complaint presented in my against”.
“Pressures” to Sergio Micco
When asked about possible pressure from the Communist Party during his tenure at the INDH, Micco suggested that they “let the facts speak. Those who asked for my person's resignation, due to my statements regarding the fact that in Chile there were no systematic violations of human rights, serious violations, but not systematic”.
“ Who did it? Who participated and supported the takeover? I beg you to see the social networks, there is all the information. I do not come here as a prosecutor, much less as an executioner“, questioned the former director.
In this line, Micco indicated that “what I do want to say is that it was the conventional members of the Communist Party who asked me to resign, given that they considered that relativizing human rights violations, because I pointed out that there had not been -until today there is none-, there is no international report that says so, that there was a concerted plan here to massively attack the civilian population, agreeing to impunity”.
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Meanwhile, Micco also said that he “fought against a dictatorship together with the Communist Party. If today to defend what I understand by the universality of human rights, it is a fight with part of the leaders of the Communist Party, so it will be”.
Likewise, he stressed that “ Human rights are universal and if people who have different ideas, different interests, but who respect human rights, are accompanying me here at this moment, they are welcome”.
The former director of the INDH, clarified that “Sergio Micco, the professor of the Faculty of Government of the University of Chile does not matter at all, what matters is the director of the institute (…) who opposed my election From the first day they said ‘he was elected with votes from people who are not on the left.”
“That same night it was said, and my sentence of death was dictated… ‘Mr. Micco is there to defend the interests and proposals of President Sebastián Piñera’.This was said three months before the start of the worst crisis of human rights violations the country has ever had”, said Micco.
When asked who signed this death sentence, the former director said it was the deputy “Emilia Nuyado”, who was the president of the Human Rights Commission that year.
Some members of the Commission They presented their positions regarding the accusations of lack of plurality within the Institute.
Congressman Cristian Labbé (UDI), rebuked the Chilean left, accusing the former board of “politicizing” matters such as human rights, where the political option should not be a matter of discussion.
The independent deputy and former director of the National Institute of Human Rights, Lorena Fries, recognized from her experience that the position of director does suffer pressures such as those accused by Sergio Micco, but he expressed that part of that role is to continue in the position.
Finally, Micco thanked the Minister Secretary General of the Presidency, Ana Lya Uriarte, for her words, who supported his role as former director and called it “regrettable that the figure of a person responsible for accusations as serious as crimes against humanity is instrumentalized.” .