The Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is circulated in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31. Distr.: General 27 February 2019

The Mapuche people face genocidal policies implemented by the states of Argentina and Chile

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IV. Current situation of the Mapuche people

Today, the Mapuche are stigmatized and accused of being foreigners in their own land by the media and officials of the current Argentine government. Their leaders are persecuted, detained, intimidated and tortured. Others are killed and made to ‘disappear’. Mapuche organizations have denounced that over hundred Mapuche have ‘disappeared’ since the return of democracy in Argentina in 1983, while others are classified as ‘suicide’, as was the case of Lonko Mapuche-Ranquel, Fermín Acuña, in July 2018. The Special UN rapporteur Mr. Mutuma Ruteere, in his Report to the Human Rights Council in June 2017, described the situation of indigenous peoples in Argentina as “alarming by the severity”.

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