Category Archives: Human Rights, Impunity

Bolivian Political and Social Landscape: Primer for Pending Presidential Elections

As the presidential campaigns gain momentum, AIN outlines the political and social landscape in Bolivia to provide background to understand upcoming electoral debates. President Evo Morales is running for a third term in the October 12, 2014 elections.  Critics argue he is not eligible to run for another consecutive term, but the Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal ruled in his favor, and […]

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International Declaration on Tenth Anniversary of Black October

Versión en español abajo Ten Years of Protecting International Fugitives: It Is Time for President Obama to Extradite Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín to Bolivia The massacres that devastated the families of Bolivia’s highlands ten years ago this month must not be forgotten. In October 2003 the families living in El Alto and other villages above the Bolivian capital […]

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Bolivian Prison Deaths Highlight Flaws in Judicial and Penitentiary Systems [with VIDEO]

Please take a look into the life of nonviolent drug inmates in Bolivian jails in this video clip [El Mario – Las Cárceles de Bolivia], developed in collaboration with Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw of Cocaine Prison. On September 11, 2013, President Morales signed a pardon decree designed to benefit between 1,000-2,000 inmates.  The Bolivian congress must still approve the […]

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Constitutional Tribunal to Rule on Bolivia’s Abortion Prohibition: Religious and Political Debate Eclipses Public Health Crisis

Constitutional Tribunal to Rule on Bolivia’s Abortion Prohibition: Religious and Political Debate Eclipses Public Health Crisis The Bolivian Constitutional Tribunal is considering the constitutionality of the country’s abortion legislation.  The emotionally charged and morally focused debate in Bolivia has eclipsed public health crisis of abortion and the risks that Bolivian women face trying to exert control over their bodies.  Lack […]

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Carta abierta a los Gobiernos de la región presentes en la Asamblea General de la OEA

Carta abierta a los Gobiernos de la región presentes en la Asamblea General de la OEA Antigua, Guatemala – Junio 2013  Es urgente poner la protección de los derechos humanos en el centro del debate sobre las políticas de drogas en las Américas Las organizaciones firmantes saludamos la apertura al debate sobre las políticas de drogas que han impulsado algunos […]

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New Law Mandates Harsh Penalties and Broad Services to Address Violence Against Woman in Bolivia

On March 9th, 2013, the Bolivian government passed a new comprehensive and progressive law to combat violence against women.  The law includes preventative measures, wide-ranging services to survivors of abuse, and severe penalties for violence against women.  The law represents a great advance from previous legislation, which did not consider spousal rape a crime and dictated sentences of only 4-10 […]

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Las víctimas de la dictadura boliviana protestan por impunidad y falta de compensación

“Las heridas causadas por las dictaduras permanecen…” Fotografía : Gonzalo Ordoñez para RAI Bolivia ha tenido más golpes militares que ninguna otra nación en el mundo.   Hugo Banzer (1971-1978) y Luis García Meza (1980-1981) han sido los dictadores bolivianos más notables del siglo veinte.  Sin embargo, más de 30 años después de haberse restaurado el gobierno civil, las víctimas de […]

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Photo Update: Victims of Bolivian Dictatorships Protest Impunity and Lack of Compensation

“The wounds caused by the dictatorships remain…” Photo credit: Gonzalo Ordoñez for AIN Bolivia has had more military coups than any other nation in the world.  Hugo Banzer (1971-1978) and Luis García Meza (1980-1981) were the most notorious Bolivian dictators in the Twentieth Century.  More than 30 years after restoration civilian rule, however, victims of political violence still await justice. […]

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