22 Mar 2011

American Samoa's US Congressman to visit Rapa Nui

3:01 pm on 22 March 2011

American Samoa's Congressman will be travelling to Easter Island to assess recent developments between the Rapa Nui clans and the Chilean government.

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says conflict between the Rapa Nui and the Chilean government has existed since 1888, when Chile signed a disputed treaty with the Rapa Nui people.

In recent months, Chilean security forces have intervened to evict Rapa Nui from land they claim is ancestral.

Before travelling to Rapa Nui, the Congressman will meet government officials in Santiago.

Faleomavaega says he hopes the US President Barack Obama will speak out for the indigenous rights of the Rapa Nui people during his current visit to Chile.