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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –

Source: Chamber of Deputies of Chile

Articulate a timely and efficient system to generate proceedings that allow the discovery of people close to the date they disappeared remains the backbone of the debate that takes place within the investigative commission of the House that delves into the acts of the relative Government in search of missing and missing children.

And, in the reception of exhibitions, it has become clear that there are flaws in the search processes. In addition, there is concern about generating proposals at the level of public or legislative policies.

The Ombudsman for Children, Patricia Muñoz, stressed that it is a matter of the utmost gravity, where it is not possible to start from the basis that minors flee or escape for recreational purposes.

“Starting, we have a problem with the records. Not even all institutions have information that is equal in terms of the number of children who are missing. Nor is there a unified system that addresses the situation of disappearances, ”he said.

Regarding this point, he pointed out that, on the one hand, there are complaints that enter the Public Prosecutor’s Office as alleged misfortunes and, on the other hand, causes that enter only the Family Courts, which generate search and collection orders by the policemen

In his opinion, if it is not possible to integrate a system where it is unified what we will understand by disappearance and what actions should be triggered, obviously, the problems we have now will be maintained with the affectation of rights that this generates in children and adolescents .

The session was also attended by Justice Minister Hernán Larraín; and the undersecretary of Children, Carol Bown, who presented current and future policies to address the search for minors in their field of competence.

Political evaluation

For the deputy Pablo Kast (Evopoli), the conclusion is that it is necessary to reform the search system.

“I think we all reach the common conclusion that a new consolidated database is needed that articulates how to access and how the information is delivered so that the Legal Medical Service, the police and the Public Ministry can access the same information and complement each other, ”he said.

The parliamentarian explained that it was agreed to take this area to the Justice Coordinating Commission, where the Ministry, the Prosecutor’s Office and the various instances that carry out the process participate.

For its part, the President of the Commission, Erika Olivera (IND), stressed that, again, criticism is repeated for the absence of a unified data system, which, in turn, becomes a challenge at the time to prepare the proposals for the final report of the instance.

Although the commission addresses the disappearance and loss of minors, it also seeks to extrapolate these measures to adults who have been missing for years and for which their families have had no response, for which a law of lost persons is being promoted.

However, it is urgent, said parliamentarian Olivera, to work on childhood issues with the creation of protocols and records that can be accessed.

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