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Juana Paillalef

Juana Calfunao Paillalef

HRD, Leader
Mapuche Juan Paillalef Tribe

Juana Calfunao Paillalef is an indigenous leader of the Mapuche Juan Paillalef tribe, located in Comunca de Cunco, in the Araucania region, Chile. She also works for the defence of indigenous peoples' rights to their ancestral lands, and has played a strong role in denouncing human rights violations committed against the Mapuche community by the companies conducting development and infrastructure projects in the region.

One group of HRDs representing a marginalised community that continue to face difficulties are indigenous HRDs, notably from the Mapuche people, who were criminalised on several occasions on the grounds of the Chilean Anti-terrorist Act. Human rights defenders representing Mapuche individuals in criminal proceedings or accompanying victims and family members have been subjected to judicial harassment, illegal interception of communications, and other acts of intimidation.


Comunidad Juan Paillalef - Agosto 2014-1