Alberto Curamil is a Mapuche Indigenous traditional authority jailed by the Chilean state, falsely accused for a crime he did not commit.

Alberto is also an environmentalist that successfully stopped the construction of hydroelectrical plants in traditional Mapuche territory and is one the leaders in the fight against big forestry companies established in Mapuche land. All the Chilean governments and the state have, for so many years, denied the rights of the Mapuche people over their territory and have orchestrated set-ups to unjustly accuse and jail Mapuche activists.

We are asking you in the name of justice to support this petition and add your name in a letter to the Government of Chile or draft your own letter condemning this action.




October 2018

Your Excellency,

Sebastian Pinera E.

President of the Republic of Chile

Dear Mr. President,

I am writing to you to call your attention over the detention of Mr. Alberto Curamil presently in prison accused of robbing a Compensation Fund office. Alberto Curamil has vehemently denied this charge, however, the Public Prosecutor’s office (Fiscalia) unjustly jailed Alberto.

The Public Prosecutor office has been known to falsely accuse Mapuche activists over the years through set ups and obscure manoeuvres to sustain charges that at the end do not hold. This another of those cases, where Alberto Curamil is facing charges and jail for a crime he did not commit.

The Mapuche indigenous people have consistently been pledging to the different governments in power, over so many years, to resolve the issue of land that has been stolen and to obtain constitutional recognition over their ancestral territory and self-determination according to the UN resolution on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples and article 169 of the ILO.

Considering this, and due to the false accusations, Mr. President, once again we urge you to intercede for the freedom of Alberto Curamil. The historically unjust stance of the state towards the traditional

peoples of Chile must for once start to be corrected. The future generations of Mapuche children should not have to suffer because of the systemic attacks on their parents and their grandparents’ generations. Free Mr. Alberto Curamil, his young family needs him, so that he can work and provide for them.

Thank You