Chile protests: UN to investigate claims of human rights abuses after 18 deaths

Unrest has led to thousands of arrests and hundreds of injuries, prompting action by former president turned UN high commissioner

The UN high commission on human rights is sending a team to Chile to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against demonstrators, amid a swell of furious street protests over inequality, falling wages and the rising cost of education and healthcare.

“Having monitored the crisis from the beginning I have decided to send a verification mission to examine reports of human rights violations in Chile,” the high commissioner and former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet announced on Twitter.

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