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Gabriela Alcón, Deputy Minister of Communications, confirmed that details of this work have been shared by government agencies with a delegation from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which has been on a working visit to the highland country since Tuesday.

Alcón told the press that the goal of this team is “to follow up on the 36 recommendations[of the GIEI]including justice, reparations for victims, attention and investigation.”

He insisted that some points have already been met where “we have made great progress on the 36 recommendations and it is important that we make them known”.

The international delegation arrived in Bolivia at the invitation of President Luis Arce’s government and will conduct what has been described as an intensive program until Thursday.

Among their interlocutors, the organizations of the families of the victims of the massacres in Senkata, El Alto, and Sacaba, Cochabamba, which claimed 38 lives, stand out.

Likewise, the representatives of the IACHR will be in Sucre this Wednesday.

As a result of the visit, the experts, in the exercise of their duties, will publish a report on the implementation of the recommendations.

This includes investigating, prosecuting and, if necessary, sanctioning those responsible for the violent crimes recorded between September and December 2019, including the Sacaba and Senkata massacres.

In this regard, Alcón reiterated that everything that “happened during this period is being investigated because it has led to massacres and serious violations of human rights”.

As part of this investigation, Santa Cruz Governor Luis Fernando Camacho, who has been held in the maximum-security Chonchocoro prison since December 30, 2022, was arrested and transferred to La Paz.

Camacho is one of the main defendants in the Coup d’état I file, which investigates the conspiracy that forced the resignation of former President Evo Morales, led to the installation of a de facto government, and the crimes subsequently committed.

Alcón complained that they were trying to get Camacho “unpunished” by arguing that he was “politically persecuted”.

The deputy minister concluded that solving this problem is in the hands of the judiciary and “it is legal, not political”.