7 Feb 2011

US representatives in Pacific urge Hillary Clinton to take stand on Rapa Nui

5:55 pm on 7 February 2011

Pacific Island representatives in the United States Congress and Senate are urging America's Secretary of State to take a stand against Chile's actions on Rapa Nui.

There've been clashes and ongoing tension in the Chilean territory, also known as Easter Island, as indigenous clans occupy lands in a battle with authorities over the return of ancestral land.

Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii and Congressman Eni Faleomavaega Hunkin of American Samoa have written to Hillary Clinton outlining the situation and calling on her to urge Chile to lower tensions.

The representatives have also written to the Chilean president Sebastian Pinera, saying they're concerned about reports that Chilean forces continue to target peaceful Rapa Nui individuals, including unarmed women and children.