Bolivia

Citizens protest Supreme Court decision that allows Morales to run for fourth term in 2019

On 28th November 2017, the Supreme Court ruled against placing limits on re-election in the country’s constitution, thereby allowing current President Evo Morales to run for a fourth term in the next election cycle in 2019. In 2016, 51.3 percent of Bolivians voted against the re-election of Morales in a public referendum. However, when the popular will was overridden by the November Supreme Court decision, three days of protests ensured in December 2017 that ended with at least 37 people arrested. Read more

Citizens protest Supreme Court decision that allows Morales to run for fourth term in 2019

Expression

Independent media and journalists are regularly attacked and operate in a hostile environment. The arrest of a Radio Líder reporter in 2015 for simply covering an anti-government protest, exemplifies this trend. In the context of Bolivia’s media environment, which has a high concentration of private sector ownership, the 2011 telecommunications law sought a more balanced distribution of broadcast licenses among the state, private companies, and local and indigenous communities. Read more


Peaceful Assembly

Although repression of protest is not a structural problem in Bolivia, there have been recent incidents where police dispersed protests using excessive force and arrested several protesters. Read more


Association

Human rights defenders face harassment and threats, including from government officials, undermining their ability to work independently. In December 2013, the Ministry of the Presidency expelled the Danish NGO IBIS Education for Development, an organisation supporting indigenous groups, citing political interference in national matters. Read more


Overview

With increasing political polarisation in Bolivia, the work of civil society and journalists is being negatively affected. Civic space in Bolivia has narrowed as a result of the introduction of funding restrictions, the selective application of administrative requirements for CSOs and a combination of propaganda which damages the image of the civil society sector. Read more


Criminalisation and disruption of protests continue in Bolivia

Several protests in the Achacachi community were repressed by security forces and many demonstrators are currently detained and facing trial. Read more

Criminalisation and disruption of protests continue in Bolivia



Civil society organisation in Cochabamba harassed and forced to relocate

In early April, the civil society organisation - Centro de Documentación e Información Bolivia (CEDIB) - reported harassment and threats from the rector of the state university, Universidad Mayor San Simón, where CEDIB is housed in Cochabamba. Read more

Civil society organisation in Cochabamba harassed and forced to relocate

Attempted seizure of human rights organisation's office in Bolivia

On 6th February approximately 30 individuals broke into the premises of Asamblea Permanente de Derechos Humanos de Bolivia (APDHB) while they were conducting a consultation with indigenous communities. The group verbally attacked APDHB president Amparo Carvajal and demanded the keys to the premises.
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Attempted seizure of human rights organisation's office in Bolivia