Chilean army general sorry for anti-LGBT, anti-Jehovah’s Witness, anti-mentally ill, anti-poor recruitment orderTop Highlights, Breaking News Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Gen. Juan Miguel Fuente-Alba has apologized for directing army recruiters to beware of homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and others, as they were not worthy recruits for the Chilean army. However, rights groups are still demanding a forced retirement from the Gen. Fuente-Alba.
In a positive sign of the times indicating continued progress on the LGBT civil rights front, while also indicating that relics of outdated attitudes remain at the highest levels of society, the general also promised to purge army documents of all “discriminatory directives.”
“I offer my sincere apology to any person who may have felt affected by the unfortunate expressions,” he said in a statement.
The top Chilean army general has also ordered “a full review of military documents to eliminate orders such as the one signed by reported by Gen. Christian Chateau another high-ranking army general instructed recruiters to find soldiers who are “morally and intellectually” fit for military service. The directive said recruiters should avoid people with mental, socio-economic problems or criminal behavior, as well as homosexuals and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Minister of Defense Andres Allamand said the order from Gen. Chateau contradicted government and army policy against discrimination. He issued orders for army staff to disregard the directive. Allamand further called on all branches of Chile’s military to follow all laws against discrimination. ordered the armed forces to immediately comply with the laws against discrimination.
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