Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Plans for significant military justice reform next year in Chile

Chilean legislators will consider major military justice reform legislation in the first half of 2015. According to this May 25, 2014 report in Política, a proposal developed by the Ministry of Defense in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice will address the structure of the military judiciary, process and jurisdiction, and which offenses can be prosecuted. If enacted into law, the reform will be the most thorough since 1927. Another report indicates that attention is being given to limiting court-martial jurisdiction to military-related offenses by military personnel and excluding offenses by carabineros.

Diario UChile reports that relatives of Manuel Gutiérrez, a young student who was shot in a 2011 demonstration, have joined in the call for military justice reform. They argue that the military should not have jurisdiction in cases involving civilian casualties.

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