Heike Hänsel, deputy chairman of parliamentary group Die Linke in the Bundestag, commented on Monday the election result in Bolivia in a press release
After the presidential elections in Bolivia, the EU, which is on site with an election observation delegation, and the federal government must press for a transparent and clean counting process. Because while several post-election surveys unanimously see the left-wing candidate Luis Arce in the lead, the work of the electoral authority is slow and non-transparent.
This non-transparent process increases the risk of electoral fraud, especially since the opposition candidate of the MAS (the party Movement to Socialism, jW) is clearly in the lead according to the private surveys by Tu Voto Cuenta, Ciesmori and Fundación Jubileo. At the same time, actors in the coup government, above all the so-called Interior Minister Arturo Murillo, apparently want to stir up violence in order to prevent a return to democracy with the help of the army and police.
For the free and fair elections in Bolivia called for by the federal government, a transparent counting process is indispensable; international pressure is now deciding whether this will also be complied with by the de facto government and the authorities it has newly appointed.
The organization Rote Hilfe e. V. drew attention to the case of a Kurd threatened with extradition to Turkey on Monday:
Osman Aslan has been in extradition custody in Slovenia since June of this year. He was arrested by police officers on the basis of a “Red Notice” entry with Interpol. The Turkish regime uses this often controversial instrument to be able to harass opposition members who have fled Turkey years and decades later in exile.
Osman Aslan lives with his family in Bergkamen (North Rhine-Westphalia). The 50 year old Kurd has a permanent residence permit. This threatens to expire because he has been in Slovenian detention for over six months. Since his court hearing on July 30th, he has had to wait for a Slovenian court to examine the documents and for him to finally be able to return to Germany.
This is not the first case in which the Slovenian authorities have delayed such a process for months. Last year, Ismet Kilic from Duisburg was arrested and detained at the border. It was only after 80 days and massive protests in the FRG and Slovenia that the family, members of parliament from various parties and human rights organizations, succeeded in saving the persecuted unionist from extradition.
Anja Sommerfeld, member of the federal board of the Red Aid e. V .: “Hardly a day goes by without reports of repression against opposition members and refugees from Turkey, even across the European Union. Again we are dealing with a procedure in which the regime in Ankara exploited the means of the Interpol manhunt to pursue and arrest politically dissenters. Mr. Osman Aslan has lived in Germany as a political refugee since 1994 and has a regular residence. The responsible authorities in both countries must deal with the matter immediately. A deportation of Mr Aslan to Turkey must be prevented, as he is threatened with political persecution and imprisonment there. He must be released from custody immediately and be able to return to Germany. “