The government of Luis Arce decided to close the UN technical mission that watches over human rights in Bolivia
The director of Human Rights Watch for the Americas warned that “the main victim of this decision is, unfortunately, the Bolivian citizenry”
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The government of Luis Arce again attacked human rights in Bolivia: it ceased the functions of the UN in the country (REUTERS)
The Bolivian government of Luis Arce continues weakening human rights in the country. In the midst of the protests that have been taking place in various cities since December 28, following the arrest of the Santa Cruz Governor Luis Fernándo Camacho -labeled a “kidnapping”-, this Friday the UN mission in the country ceased its functions.
The director for the Americas of Human Rights Watch, César Muñoz, denounced this with a series of messages on his Twitter account, in which that alerted to the new progress of the leader of the MAS on human rights in Bolivia.
“The government of Luis Arce weakens the defense of human rights humans”, he began by pointing out and then added that “by deciding not to renew the mandate of the Technical Mission in Bolivia of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, leaves Bolivians without a very important impartial entity to monitor human rights”.
Tweet by César Muñoz about the cessation of UN activities in Bolivia
This office had landed in the country in 2020 after former High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet order to begin an investigation into the Human Rights violations committed in the framework of the political crisis that took place in 2019 after the elections branded as fraudulent that forced a Evo Morales to resign from the presidency.
Since then, the body extended its tenure twice, with the first extension until December 2021 and the second, with a deadline of December 31, 2022.< /p>
The The mission investigated the Human Rights violations committed in 2019 and provided basic guarantees to citizens during these years (REUTERS)
In this time, Muñoz explained, the work of the Office has been very important and has managed to provide basic protections to citizens. Among this, he provided technical support to reform the Justice system, monitored the process against former interim president Jeanine Áñez-who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the framework of the 'coup d'état II' case-, and promoted dialogue to overcome polarization and the rights of LGBT people, prisoners, women, victims and other groups.
That is why, with the departure of this commission, “the message that the government of Luis Arce sends to the international community is clear: it does not want international instances to closely examine its practices against human rights,” Muñoz continued, warning that “The main victim of this decision is, unfortunately, the Bolivian citizenry.”
Muñoz pointed out that the government of Luis Arce does not want international instances to closely examine its practices against human rights (REUTERS)
To this was added the voice of the senator from the opposition party Comunidad Ciudadana (CC), Cecilia Requena, who denounced that the MAS has a “black plan” against Human Rights and mentioned: “At this moment, our lack of protection is huge because there are no other instances of defenseof human rights that have a seat in the country, such as Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch”.
For his part, after confirming the mission's departure from the country, the The country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied that it was an expulsion and, instead, explained that it was the end of a cycle that had already been “agreed in advance with the Status”.
Communiqué of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia after the departure of the UN mission in the country (Foreign Ministry of Bolivia)
“The Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia will continue to promote, promote and guarantee compromised the exercise and full enjoyment of human rights within the framework of its Political Constitution of the State and the International Treaties related to Human Rights”, continues the statement and concludes by ratifying “its commitment to continue working and cooperating with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland and/or through its Office Regional Office for Latin America, based in the city of Santiago, Chile.”
(With information from Europa Press)