LA PAZ – Bolivia Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni said on Friday that he will travel to Geneva to file a complaint before the United Nations Human Rights Council over Chile’s continued detention of nine Bolivian citizens seized weeks ago in a border incident.
“The world needs to know about this injustice,” Huanacuni told reporters at El Alto Airport after seeing off relatives of the detained Bolivians who were traveling to the Chilean city of Iquique to visit their loved ones.
On March 19, Chilean police detained nine Bolivians – two soldiers and seven customs agents – some 400 meters (yards) inside Chile’s territory, according to Santiago.
A Chilean judge ordered the Bolivians held for up to 120 days pending investigation on robbery, weapons, and smuggling charges.
La Paz, for its part, says that the Bolivian soldiers and customs agents were detained on their own country’s territory while attempting to inspect three contraband-laden trucks as they crossed the border from Chile.
The attorney representing the detainees, Raul Ruiz, said earlier Friday that planned to ask the Inter-American Human Rights Commission to urge Chile to release his clients.