Association

Human rights defenders face harassment and threats, including from government officials, undermining their ability to work independently. For example, during the past year, local organisation Asamblea Permanente de Derechos Humanos de Bolivia (Permanent Assembly of Human Rights of Bolivia, APDHB) reported two instances where their offices were broken into by members of the ruling party - Movement for Socialism (MAS), as well as members of government-aligned trade unions.The freedom to form groups and associations has been damaged by new regulations, which require the submission of information explaining how the organisation contributes to Bolivia’s economic and social development. Any government office may request that the Ministry of Autonomy revoke an association’s permit if it performs activities different from those listed in its bylaws, or if the organisation’s legal representative is criminally sanctioned for carrying out activities that “undermine security or public order”. Recently, the representative of institution responsible for monitoring the work of CSOs in the country, warned NGOs that if they do not update their statutes according to the requirements of the law, they will face consequences.