Chile Minister resigned for criticism over Human Rights Museum row

Mauricio Rojas, Cultural Minister of Chile has resigned from his post. He was criticised over the comments he made about Human Rights Museum in 2015.

After Mr. Rojas enquired about the validity of the Santiago museum, he came under fire. He acknowledged the Human Rights Museum as montage and expressed that its objective was to manipulate history and shock the visitors.

The Museum of History and Human Rights data were misused during the Augusto Pinochet, the military government. In 2015’s published book, he quoted as saying that the museum aims to prevent and astonish visitors from reasoning. He said: “It’s a shameless and inaccurate use of a national tragedy that touched so many of us directly.”

After the scandal broke out, Mr. Rojas expressed those comments did not imitate his current views and continued that he had, “never diminished nor justified unacceptable, systematic and grave human rights violations that happened in Chile.”

After completing only 4 days in the job, the pressure of politicians and Human Rights organization both from right and left forced him to resign from his post.

President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera confirmed his acceptance of his resignation letter for the excellent government functioning.

In 2010, the Museum of History and Human Rights were inaugurated by the former President Michelle Bachelet. The museum was opened to remind people of the abuses and crimes committed during the time of military government rule, from 1973 to 1990.

by Banani Sarkar on August 14, 2018

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