The President of Bolivia, Luis Arce, received a mission from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) at the Casa Grande del Pueblo on Friday, to which he reaffirmed the “firmest and unwavering commitment to the fulfillment and guarantee of the rights rights” of your Government in this matter.
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The team of five commissioners and another 20 representatives of the IACHR concluded that Friday the mission that began on Monday with visits to the departments of La Paz, Sucre, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, to observe “in situ” the situation of human rights in the andean country.
According to local media, the emphasis during the meetings and tours was focused on democratic institutions, access to justice and judicial guarantees; access to economic, social, cultural and environmental rights and discrimination against populations in a historical situation of vulnerability.
Today we received the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights at the Casa Grande del Pueblo #IACHR. As a National Government, we reaffirm our firmest and unwavering commitment to the fulfillment and guarantee of human rights. pic.twitter.com/EQBt2ac6kN
— Luis Alberto Arce Catacora (Lucho Arce) (@LuchoXBolivia) March 31, 2023
Upon leaving the Casa Grande del Pueblo, the commissioners were the object of protests from a small group of opposition members, who tried to loudly impose the complaint of fraud in the October 2019 elections in favor of former President Evo Morales.
The vice president of the commission, Esmeralda Troitiño, read a preliminary report that highlighted the progress of the 2009 Constitution, “which founded a new multilingual rule of law based on democracy, interculturality, decentralization and autonomy, as well as political, economic plurality , legal, cultural and linguistic”.
However, it also “identified great structural challenges that persist today in the country, as well as the worsening of worrisome situations in terms of partisan violence, the product of extreme political polarization, which has caused a fracture in society and that urgently needs to be overcome.” ”.
The IACHR mission valued the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples, the fight against discrimination and racism, the results of social and economic policies, such as low and controlled inflation, in an adverse context.
As a climax to the visit, the mission called on Bolivia’s political and social leaders to work together to reverse this situation.