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Verónica del Carmen Vilches Olivares

WHRD, Leader
Movement for the Defence of Water, Land and Environmental Protection (MODATIMA)

Verónica del Carmen Vilches Olivares is a leader and woman human rights defender from Cabildo region of Valparaíso, she is the president of the Rural Drinking Water Committee (APR) of San José de Cabildo and leader of the Movement for the Defence of Water, Land and Environmental Protection (MODATIMA) which seeks to defend the rights of peasants, workers and access to water in the Chilean province of Petorca, where access to water by local communities has dramatically deteriorated in recent years. The woman human rights defender has been victim of permanent threats and attacks for defending water in her territory by denouncing theft of water and the situations generated by ago-industry in the province.
 

Chile

Despite of all the developments, HRDs in Chile still face police abuses, with demonstrations and street protests being violently repressed several times.