Mark Dreyfus Speaking in the Australia Federal Parliament


Attorney General in opposition , Labor Mark Dreyfus, in Federal Parliament, presenting the petition to extradite former intelligence agent, Adriana Rivas, back to Chile.
Adriana Rivas former agent from DINA, Pinochet’s secret police. She is living in Australia.
Currently Extradite Adriana Rivas National Campaign is campaigning for her extardition to Chile.
Supported by Chile Solidarity National Coalition and the Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET)

Homenaje a Victor “Guajiro” Romeo, amigo y compañero de historias y momentos diversos.

Originally posted on HIJXS . VOCES:

 20 de mayo 2014  sus amigos y compañeros se reúnen en un acto de homenaje a  Víctor Romeo, el “Guajiro”, durante el cual se exhibirá el film

“Hemos querido presentar este documental y hacer un modesto homenaje a Victor “Guajiro” Romeo, amigo y compañero de historias  y momentos diversos. Que ésta sea una ocasión para celebrar y recuperar amistades.”

Luego de la presentación habrán breves comentarios de:

Andrés Pascal Allende  1

Rafael Ruiz Moscatelli 2

Raul Vergara Meneses 3

Modera: Francisca Romeo Bustos 4


Recopilamos las reseñas y sinopsis que las redes sociales y los sitios Web entregan acerca de Víctor Romeo, para reconstruir y compartir un fragmento de memoria de los años que vivimos, esta generación que se desvanece, persiguiendo una utopía…

Reflexión sobre las utopías y las decepciones de una generación bajo la forma de una carta filmada de un padre a sus hijos…

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Crucial day for Extradite Adriana Rivas National Campaign

The Hon. Mark Dreyfus presents petition to extradite Adriana Rivas in Federal Parliament of Australia last June 4 in Canberra.

Dear everyone, this was the speech of the Hon. Mark Dreyfus presented in the Federal Parliament last June 4th.

We thanks all people participated in the Extradite Adriana Rivas National Campaign, From Sydney Extradite Adriana Rivas Committee; from Melbourne: Chile Solidarity -Melbourne, LASNET(Latin American Solidarity Network) and Adriana Rivas Must Face Justice Campaign; from Canberra Not to impunity collective, LASNET-Canberra, LASNET-Tasmania and The Chile Solidarity National Coalition and many other chileans which without any personal interest have been supporting this campaign form the beginning, we know that there is other opportunist group that want to use this campaign for particular intentions. Now is time to speak with the truth and be honest in what people is being doing.

10The main work to lobby Mark Dreyfus and many other Parliamentarians in Australia have been made by the groups mentioned above. Also Telmo Languiller played a key role when he organised the meeting with The Hon. Mark Dreyfus in Melbourne last May 9th. If other people wants credit for the work of others, from the past 4 months would be shameful, and identifies themselves as those who are damaging all the extradition procedures, we call on them to stop confusing people in Australia and Chile.

We would like to thanks all interested people in Australia…see, interview in national radio SBS, the video of house of representatives, the photos and communicates of the campaign. We call on them to come to our national meeting tomorrow Saturday June 7th 6:30pm at trades hall in Melbourne, with pleasure we will shared next procedures to extradite Adriana Rivas advised by Federal Parliamentarians.

Finally well done dear brothers and sisters, we are close to the final verdict of truths…We don’t forgive, we don’t forget


(TAKEN FROM Latest Hansard Documents, week of 2 Jun 2014, House Hansard)

Rivas, Ms Adriana

By Mark Dreyfus, QC, MP

Mr DREYFUS (Isaacs—Deputy Manager of Opposition Business) (19:40):

I rise to present to the House a petition from more than 600 members of the Chilean community in Australia and their supporters. It has been considered by the Standing Committee on Petitions and found to be in order.

In the petition, the members of the Chilean community are urging the government to extradite Ms Adriana Rivas to Chile to face criminal charges. The charges concern her alleged involvement in violent crimes committed by the intelligence services of the Pinochet military dictatorship.

In March this year, the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent program revealed that Ms Rivas was living in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and working as a nanny. She has been in Australia since 1978, and was arrested while on a trip back to Chile in 2006. This is a unique case in that extradition is sought after criminal proceedings were fully underway. Ms Rivas fled Chile in 2010 while on bail, awaiting trial.

She is a fugitive from justice.

It is alleged in the criminal proceedings in Chile that Ms Rivas was involved in the interrogation and immensely cruel torture of at least 12 victims of the Pinochet regime by its secret police, the Direccion de Inteligencia Nacional, the DINA. It is alleged that Rivas was assistant to the head of the DINA, Manuel Contreras. A key prosecution witness told the ABC:

… when … Rivas participated in the torture of the detainees, she beat them with sticks, she kicked them, punched them and also applied an electric current to [them] …

Though it is the policy of all Australian governments not to comment on extradition matters, it has been publicly reported that the Chilean Supreme Court made a formal request for Ms Rivas’s extradition earlier this year.

I understand that this request has been received by the Attorney-General’s Department and is under consideration by the Commonwealth government.

It is almost impossible to overstate the seriousness of the allegations made against Ms Rivas.

Torture is an abhorrent crime. The use of torture is not just an abuse by the state of its powers. It is a denial of the humanity of the victim. The special repugnance of torture is acknowledged by global civil society. The prohibition on torture is recognised as one of only a handful of fundamental principles of international law from which there are no exceptions, no exemptions, and no derogations.

Australia has a long tradition of work to rid our world of this terrible crime. Labor foreign minister and later parliamentary leader Doc Evatt helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Hawke government signed and ratified the Convention Against Torture in 1985 and 1989. Under the Labor government in May 2009 Australia signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.

This is a legacy of which I am proud. I hope that the present government continues to work on the process of ratifying the optional protocol.

Though we are lucky to live in a country free of torture, Chile has not been so fortunate.

I have a close personal connection with Chile and its people. My wife was born in Chile. I have visited Chile several times, and I lived there with my family in the first half of 1995.

Some members of the Chilean community who have spoken to me about the extradition of Ms Rivas are themselves survivors of torture or political violence. All Chileans will have friends or family who have suffered in some way. A number of members of the Australian Chilean community are here in the gallery tonight, and I would like to acknowledge them and their concern about this issue.

Before the 1970s, Chile had enjoyed political stability and parliamentary democracy since the late 19th century. The wounds the country suffered in the madness after the 1973 coup, however, are still not fully healed.

The prosecution of torturers is an important part of the path forward for Chile.

I call on the Australian government to hear the concerns of those who have signed this petition. I hope the government will move swiftly to ensure that justice is done by doing everything possible to return Adriana Rivas to Chile to face the trial from which she fled. I present the petition.

The petition read as follows—

To the Honourable The Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives

This petition of: members of the Chilean community in Australia, draws to the attention of the House the request from the Chilean government for the extradition of Mrs. Adriana Rivas Mrs Rivas is a fugitive from Justice who has been living in Australia free from prosecution.

She was arrested in 2006 and processed by the judiciary for her involvement in the aggravated kidnapping 3 and torture of at least 12 people, none of whom survived. Mrs Rivas escaped whilst on house arrest.

We therefore ask the House to: grant the request for extradition so that Mrs. Rivas can be prosecuted for her crimes in Chile.

In memory of those that were silenced by the Pinochet dictatorship, we respectfully request that the House takes into consideration the pain and suffering inflicted upon the Chilean people.

For over forty years, families of the victims have been seeking justice for their loved ones. Mrs. Rivas like many of her cohorts, must be held accountable for her actions.

We are troubled by the fact that someone with her criminal background has been allowed to live in Australia and we seek clarification from the Australian government regarding her residency.

We encourage the House to look favourably upon our request to support the extradition process for Mrs. Rivas from 608 citizens.

Petition received. June 4th, 2014

Coalision Nacional de Solidaridad con Chile en Australia .                                                                                     

En Honor a La Verdad y La Justicia

En Honor a La Verdad y La Justicia:


Varias organizaciones chilenas se dieron cita en la capital de Australia para apoyar al fiscal general de la oposición, Mark Dreyfus, quien presentó una petición ante el parlamento federal australiano para extraditar a Adriana Rivas, ex agente de la DINA, servicio de inteligencia del régimen de Augusto Pinochet, apelando a los protocolos internacionales relativos a las personas acusadas de cometer crímenes contra la humanidad.

A iniciativa de la Campaña Nacional por la Extradition de Adriana Rivas y la Coalición Nacional de Solidaridad con Chile en Australia (Chile Solidarity National Coalition), que agrupa a personas de Melbourne, Sídney y Canberra. El Fiscal General, Mark Dreyfus presentó una petición al Parlamento Federal este 4 de Junio, exigiendo la extradición de la ex agente Rivas.

En la petición, los miembros de la comunidad chilena están instando al Gobierno australiano a extraditar a la Sra. Adriana Rivas a Chile, para enfrentar cargos criminales. Los cargos se refieren a su participación en crímenes, cometidos por los servicios de inteligencia de la dictadura militar de Pinochet.

En marzo de este año, el programa de Corresponsales Extranjeros de la ABC reveló que la Sra. Rivas, vivía en los suburbios del éste de Sydney, trabajando como niñera. Rivas se encuentra en Australia desde 1978, tras un acuerdo entre las autoridades australianas de la época y la Dictadura de Pinochet, para proteger a los ex agentes que participaron en violaciones de derechos humanos.

Adriana Rivas estando en Chile fue detenida en 2006, por un juicio que la responsabiliza de haber participado en interrogatorios con métodos de tortura y desaparición de personas, durante su participación como agente de la D.I.N.A. En 2010 huyó de Chile, aprovechando la condición de “libertad bajo fianza” otorgada por la Justicia.

La Corte Suprema de Chile hizo una petición formal a Australia por la extradición de Rivas a principios de este año. La que fue recibida por el departamento del Fiscal General George Brandis, quien debe resolver su aprobación o rechazo.

En la presentación de la petición realizada por Mark Dreyfus, señala que “la tortura es un crimen abominable. El uso de la tortura no es sólo, un abuso por parte del Estado, es la negación de la humanidad de la víctima” . “La tortura, es un crimen de lesa humanidad imprescriptible e inamnistiable, reconocido por el derecho internacional”. “Australia tiene una larga tradición de trabajo para librar a nuestro mundo, de este terrible crimen”.

“El enjuiciamiento de los torturadores es una parte importante para el futuro de Chile. Pido al Gobierno australiano, escuchar las preocupaciones de aquellos que han firmado esta petición. Espero que el gobierno actúe con diligencia para asegurar que se haga justicia, por hacer todo lo posible para que Adriana Rivas vuelva a su país, a enfrentar el juicio”.

La Coalición de Solidadridad con Chile en Australia, decidirá los pasos a seguir en una reunión nacional que realizarán en Melbourne este sábado 7 de junio a las 6:30pm en el trades hall de Melbourne. Parte de los objetivos es presionar al Fiscal General George Brandis para que apruebe la extradición, que en este momento está en sus manos.

Estas mismas agrupaciones se manifestaron ante la embajada de Chile en Canberra, en protesta por el nombramiento de James Sinclair como embajador de ese país en Australia, a quien acusan de colaborar en la destrucción de archivos de inteligencia pertenecientes al régimen de Augusto Pinochet.

La petición dice lo siguiente-

Al Honorable Presidente y los Miembros de la Cámara de Representantes:

Esta petición a nombre de los miembros de la comunidad chilena en Australia, señala la atención de la Cámara, a la solicitud del Gobierno de Chile para la extradición de la Sra. Adriana Rivas. La Sra. Rivas es una prófuga de la Justicia, que ha estado viviendo en Australia libre de acusación. Fue detenida en 2006 y procesado por la justicia por su participación en el secuestro agravado
y tortura de al menos 12 personas, de los cuales ninguno sobrevivió. Sra. Rivas escapó mientras estaba en arresto domiciliario.

Por lo tanto, pedimos a la Cámara que:

Acceda a la solicitud de extradición para que la señora Rivas pueda ser procesada por sus crímenes en Chile. En memoria de los que fueron silenciados por la dictadura de Pinochet, solicitamos respetuosamente que la Cámara tome en cuenta el dolor y el sufrimiento infligido al pueblo chileno. Durante más de cuarenta años, las familias de las víctimas han estado buscando justicia para sus seres queridos. Sra. Rivas, como muchos de sus secuaces, debe rendir cuentas por sus acciones.

Nos preocupa el hecho de que alguien con sus antecedentes penales, se le ha permitido vivir en Australia y pedir aclaraciones al Gobierno australiano con respecto a su residencia. Valoramos la la buena recepción de nuestra petición, para apoyar el proceso de extradición de la señora Rivas.

Coalision Nacional de Solidaridad con Chile en Australia