The IACHR denounced the excessive use of force in Bolivia and criticized the threats against human rights defenders

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The government of Luis Arce will receive a visit from a technical mission of the special group of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the social and political crisis of 2019 in the country

The IACHR denounced the use excessive use of force in Bolivia and criticized the threats against human rights defenders

The IACHR denounced the excessive use of force in Bolivia. (REUTERS)

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and its Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression (RELE) expressed their rejection of the violence of the protests in Bolivia that took place after the kidnapping by of the repressive forces of Luis Arce of the governor of Santa Cruz, Luis Fernando Camacho.

The IACHR emphatically repudiated “both the allegations of excessive use of force by the security forces, such as violent acts committed by organized groups”, read a statement issued this Tuesday.

The organizations announced that they are “closely following” the demonstrations that began on December 28 in protest of the detention of Camacho in the framework of the 2019 “coup d'état” case.

“According to publicly available information, in the context of these demonstrations, there have been reports of clashes between civilians and police officers, resulting in people being injured and reports of possible cases of excessive use of police forcel, including against journalists,” the document continues.

Both IACHR and RELE highlighted that, according to the records of the Bolivian Ombudsman, there have been at least 25 cases of violation of Human Rights.

The IACHR denounced the excessive use of force in Bolivia and criticized the threats against human rights defenders

The IACHR emphatically repudiated “both complaints of excessive use of force by security forces, such as violent acts committed by organized groups”. (AP)

“On the other hand, the IACHR has learned of the report of various violent actions committed by organized groups against public and private property, including the house of a minister”, they criticized.

The commission “views with concern the threats of violent groups against human rights defenders and members of the media through social networks”, a situation that “generates a serious violation of freedom of expression”, he condemned.< /p>

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

The mission of the Monitoring Committee for the implementation of the recommendations of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts GIEI-Bolivia will arrive in the country between 24 and January 26, assured the Bolivian vice chancellor, Freddy Mamani Machaca, in a video released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The report presented by the GIEI in August 2021 concluded that in the country there were “serious violations of human rights” during the 2019 crisis and considered it “essential” to move forward with the investigations and prosecutions for these events, although he also warned of “serious deficiencies” by the state to guarantee judicial independence.

The IACHR denounced the excessive use of force in Bolivia and criticized the threats against human rights defenders

The commission “views with concern the threats by violent groups against human rights defenders and members of the media through social networks,” a situation that “generates a serious violation of freedom of expression,” it condemned. (REUTERS)

The Bolivian Vice Minister of Communications, Gabriela Alcón, reminded the media that among the GIEI recommendations “is the issue of Justice” and “reparation for the victims” of the 2019 crisis, among which there were deaths and detainees “without due process”.

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

According to the vice minister, it is necessary to “differentiate” the 2019 scenario, where there was violence and deaths after the “ interruption of the democratic order”, of the recent demonstrations in Santa Cruz, the largest Bolivian region, after the kidnapping of its governor, the opposition Luis Fernando Camacho, on December 28.< /p>

Camacho is accused of terrorism in the process called “coup d'état I”, due to the events in the 2019 crisis that for the ruling party were a “coup d'état” against the then president Evo Morales.

The imprisonment of the opposition governor provoked protests in his region that were strongly repressed by the Bolivian Police and there was also damage to some public institutions for which there are at least 76 people prosecuted.

The IACHR denounced the excessive use of force in Bolivia and criticized the threats against human rights defenders

Camacho is accused of terrorism in the process called “coup d'état I”, due to the events in the 2019 crisis that for the ruling party were a “coup d'état” against then President Evo Morales. (REUTERS)

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

He also maintained that the damage to public and private property in Santa Cruz are “criminal acts” that must be investigated and insisted that the protests against the governor's detention seek “impunity” for the events of 2019.

(With information from Europa Press and EFE)

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