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Chile takes another step towards a new Constitution

Santiago de Chile, Oct 8 (Prensa Latina) After approving its regulations, the Constitutional Convention in Chile on Friday paved the way for the drafting of a Constitution to replace that from the times of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).

The process of drafting the General, Ethics, Popular Participation and Indigenous Consultation regulations to give way to the Consitution lasted three months.

It will be drafted as of October 18, date that marks the two-year anniversary of the 2019 social outburst, some of the demands of which was changing the current Constitution, strengthening the role of the State and more protection in areas such as health and education.

In the Ethics regulations, one of the most debated topics was the classification of the crime of negationism, defined as every action or omission that justifies, denies or minimizes human rights violations reported from September 11, 1973, to March 10, 1990.

Crimes against humanity committed during and after the social outburst of October 2019 are also included, and the atrocities and cultural genocide of native and Afro-Descendant peoples throughout history.

Another issue widely discussed was the necessary quorum to pass the constitutional regulations, which finally remained at two-thirds.

The regulations approved stipulate the beginning of an indigenous consultation and participation process in compliance with international standards and binding, as well as the State’s respect and protection of native communities.

Established on July 4 after the election by popular vote of its 155 members, including 17 from indigenous peoples, the Constitutional Convention has one year to draft the new Constitution.