The United Nations said Chilean police and soldiers should be held accountable for serious human rights violations against protesters, including killings, torture, and rape, Reuters reported.
According to a report by the UN Human Rights Office, 345 people were injured in the eyes as a result of injuries with lead bullets fired in their direction by security forces.
Twenty six people were killed amid two months of protests that broke out in October this year.
“We have found that the overall management of assemblies by the police was carried out in a fundamentally repressive manner,” U.N. mission leader Imma Guerras-Delgado told a Geneva news briefing.
“Human rights violations documented ... include the excessive or unnecessary use of force that led to unlawful killings and injuries, arbitrary detentions, and torture and ill-treatment including sexual violence,” she said.
Lorena Recabarren, Chile’s subsecretary of human rights, critiqued the report. According to her, the government would issue specific corrections to what it saw as conclusions drawn from “innacurate information, or lack of updated information in the report.”