Elections in Bolivia: human rights violations and political persecution

01/10/2020

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
(45th session)

Alarmed by information from our partners on the ground, a coalition of international and Latin American NGOs, of which CETIM is a member, recalled the worrying political situation in the country and urged the de facto government to put an end to the abuses and to guarantee access to justice for the victims.

As a reminder, following the Bolivian presidential elections of October 2019, the country experienced a constitutional breakdown and the seizure of power by a government led by the self-proclaimed Jeanine Añez and supported by the armed forces. This rupture provoked a situation of great violence, repression, and human rights violations.

In March 2020, CETIM already denounced the massacres that took place in the country during the aforementioned period and which remain unpunished for the time being. Moreover, in August 2020, our association and its partners seized the human rights protection mechanisms of the United Nations to denounce the impunity of the perpetrators of the Sacaba and Senkata massacres.

For more information on this subject, read the detailed report of the International Human Rights Clinic of Harvard University in English.

CETIM and its partners intervened in the plenary of the 45th session of the Human Rights Council (September 2020) on the situation of Bolivia. In the intervention they denounced the de facto government for blocking the investigations into the murders, torture, arbitrary detentions, repression of protests, and attacks against community radio stations that took place in November 2019. In addition, they observed strong irregularities in the proceedings against more than 150 people linked to the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), who have been accused without the foundation of serious crimes, such as terrorism and sedition.

In its statement (link statement), CETIM and its partners call on the current Bolivian government to guarantee the return of democracy and social peace, as well as the holding of free and democratic elections in October 2020.

Read the statement in Spanish

Listen to the statement in Spanish

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