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Amnesty International Shows Bias in Chile and Calls for the Approval of the Socialist Constitution

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The renowned global organization Amnesty International (AI) decided to join a political campaign in favor of the left and the “Apruebo” in Chile while discriminating against those who think differently.

Next September 4, Chileans will have to go to the polls to decide whether to approve or reject the proposed Constitution drafted by the Convention. This text has been harshly criticized for its loopholes, especially for the possibility of turning Chile into an “ungovernable” country.

“To approve is human” is the name of the non-profit organization’s campaign, which without fear of criticism for assuming a radical political position, would be discriminating against those who are still undecided or who have decided to reject the text. The critics ask: “If I reject, am I not human?”

“In September, we will face two choices that will determine the future of current and future generations. On the one hand, citizens will be able to approve and open the door to a Constitution that favors equal rights, and, on the other, reject and stay with the current one that has proven to favor some over others,” said Rodrigo Bustos, executive director of AI Chile.

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Bustos represents an NGO created to defend human rights regardless of political tendency. Nonetheless, the name of the campaign, “To approve is human,” generated controversy because it would discriminate as “non-human” those who choose to reject.

Chile has become the most competitive country in Latin America and the most stable and developed country in the region. Still, with the possibility of changing its Constitution, all those allusions could end up as memories amid what specialists foresee as a dark future.

While most Chileans voted in favor of a new Magna Carta, after almost a year of the Convention, that majority is now disappointed. This was due to scandals and erroneous decisions that blurred the process that was supposed to imply seriousness, commitment, and the drafting of a text that would represent all Chileans.

Recent polls, which reveal that most surveyed favor rejection, place confidence in the Convention at its lowest point.

The drafting of the new text has faced a series of controversies that have weakened the credibility of the Convention and the confidence on whether the new Magna Carta will fulfill what Chileans want and need.

A significant number of articles, which the plenary session has already approved, have provoked controversy and pushed an arduous debate among representatives and sectors of the country. Among them are those related to plurinational, autonomous territories, justice systems, abortion, or the non-appropriability of pension funds.

The Economist warns that Chile will be an ungovernable country

The renowned English newspaper, The Economist, dedicated an editorial to Chile with a unique call to reject the new Constitution drafted by the Convention. It assures that the constitutional proposal “is a fiscally irresponsible and excessively progressive disaster.”

The Economist cataloged the text as a “huge mistake,” highlighting some aspects: “It omits some of the worst ideas aired in the Assembly, dominated by leftists, among them, the nationalization of resources and the suppression of the Upper House.”

The publication says the draft “is a confusing muddle, full of imprecise language that more or less guarantees decades of disputes over what it really means.”

Finally, the English newspaper makes a blunt appeal: “Instead of throwing out the old Constitution, Chileans should throw out the new one. When the draft is put to a referendum in September, they should reject it. The current Constitution would remain, and Congress would retain the power to revise it gradually to facilitate, for example, the construction of a strong welfare state. This approach may sound uninspiring to those who took to the streets in 2019 and 2020. But in the long run it is far more likely to make Chile prosperous and governable.”

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