IACHR to review progress on recommendations on Bolivia 2019 crisis

IACHR to review progress on recommendations on Bolivia 2019 crisis

La Paz, 17. Bolivia will receive a visit from a technical mission from the monitoring table to receive the recommendations of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) special group on the 2019 social and political crisis in the country, the Luis Arce government confirmed this Tuesday.

The mission of the monitoring table for the implementation of the recommendations of the GIEI-Bolivia interdisciplinary group of independent experts will take place in the country between January 24 and 26, said Bolivian Deputy Foreign Minister Freddy Mamani Machaca in a video released by the Foreign Ministry.

“The plurinational state of Bolivia is honoring its international obligations, particularly those related to the exercise of human rights,” he added.

The report, presented by GIEI in August 2021, concluded that there had been “serious human rights abuses” in the country during the 2019 crisis and deemed it “essential” to move forward with investigations and trials into these incidents, although it also said before ” serious” warned of the state’s “deficiencies” in ensuring the independence of the judiciary.

The Arce Government and the IACHR agreed in March 2022 to produce the follow-up table for these recommendations.

Bolivia’s Deputy Minister of Communications, Gabriela Alcón, reminded the media that among the GIEI’s recommendations are “the issue of justice” and “reparations to the victims” of the 2019 crisis, which included deaths and detentions “without due date”. Process.”

“We have serious human rights violations that need to be investigated, which are part of the GIEI recommendations,” he said.

According to the Deputy Minister, it is necessary to differentiate the scenario of 2019, which saw violence and deaths after the “disruption of the democratic order”, from the recent demonstrations in Santa Cruz, the largest Bolivian region, after the arrest of ” “. his governor, opponent Luis Fernando Camacho, on December 28th.

Camacho is accused of terrorism in what has been dubbed “Coup d’état I” over the events of the 2019 crisis, which for the ruling party was a “coup d’état” against then-President Evo Morales.

The detention of the opposition governor sparked protests in his region, which were heavily repressed by Bolivian police, and there was also damage to some public facilities, for which at least 76 people are being prosecuted.

According to Alcón, “due process is being followed today” for these detainees and for Camacho, whose case is “strictly legal.”

He also claimed that the damage to public and private property in Santa Cruz were “criminal acts” that needed to be investigated and insisted the protests against the governor’s jailing sought “impunity” for the 2019 events.

Bolivia is mired in a controversy between the ruling party, which claims that Evo Morales’ resignation from the presidency was due to a coup, and its critics, who claim that the crisis is the result of allegations of fraud in favor of the ex-president in failed general elections of 2019, which were later cancelled. EFE