Practice Relating to Rule 126. Visits to Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
Chile’s Code of Criminal Procedure (1906), as amended in 2007, states:
The detainee or prisoner may … , if he or she is not in solitary confinement ordered by a judge, receive visits of … relatives or of persons close to him or her or of persons who may give him or her advice, with the rules of the respective detention facility or prison being respected.
In 2002, in its third periodic report to the Committee against Torture, Chile stated:
[There is an] obligation to display in a clearly visible place in every detention centre a separate placard showing the rights of the detainee … The placard must mention the following rights [including]: … (8) The right to receive visits, unless he is being held incommunicado by court order.
Chile also stated:
Act No. 19,567 has introduced the following amendments [to the Penal Code]:
(a) It maintains … article 150 of the Penal Code, but with penalties ranging from 61 days to 5 years of rigorous or ordinary imprisonment for persons who order or unduly prolong the incommunicado detention of a person deprived of liberty … or cause him to be detained arbitrarily in places other than those established by law.