Bolivia

Contested elections in Bolivia stir mass protests with violent clashes

Mass protests erupted after the results of Bolivia’s national elections were announced, indicating a first round win for current president Evo Morales. Thousands of people took to the streets contesting the election result and claiming that the process was marred by fraud. Protests and violent confrontations were reported in several cities, with violent episodes of groups of anti- and pro-government protesters clashing.

Several civil society organisations have called for a second round of voting with a view to pacifying the country, and urged an investigation into the alleged electoral irregularities. While the Organisation of American States (OAS) completes an audit of the electoral process, the opposition has vowed to continue mobilising. Read more

Contested elections in Bolivia stir mass protests with violent clashes

Civil society meeting in Bolivia calls for an enabling environment for human rights defenders

On 30th and 31st July 2019, Bolivia’s Unión Nacional de Instituciones para el Trabajo de Acción Social (National Union of Institutions for Social Action Work - Unitas) convened a National Meeting of Rights Defenders. The event sought to outline strategies for collective action in tackling rights restrictions as well as the risks faced by human rights defenders. This report also covers the detention of anti-government demonstrator and a violent protest by bus drivers, as well as reports of intimidation and harassment of two journalists. Read more

Civil society meeting in Bolivia calls for an enabling environment for human rights defenders

Civil society organisations accuse Bolivian government of creating a hostile environment for HRDs

Amnesty International's report on Bolivia exposes an alarming environment for human rights defenders and civil society organisations in the country - where these actors face a variety of threats and accusations by high-level authorities.

In the Los Yungas region, recurrent protests from coca growers have escalated into violence and led to arrests.

While there has been a positive development for freedom of association in Bolivia, with the removal of a law that financially strangled independent media, there have also also been a number of incidents signalling that political interference in journalism is far from over. This update covers the period from 25th of May to 8th of July 2019. Read more

Civil society organisations accuse Bolivian government of creating a hostile environment for HRDs
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Ten students arrested during protest

According to reports, on 13th March 2019, the police repressed residents of Vinto community using tear gas to disperse roadblocks set by the demonstrators. Read more

Ten students arrested during protest

Journalists continue to be subject to attacks and harassment

2019 started with accusations made by the Supreme Court of Bolivia during the opening ceremony of the judicial year. Read more

Journalists continue to be subject to attacks and harassment

Concerns after National Police confirms the existence of a social media monitoring unit

On 27th November 2018, an audio was leaked through social networks in which the General Police Commander Faustino Mendoza speaks about the surveillance of messages from journalists and politicians. Read more

 Concerns after National Police confirms the existence of a social media monitoring unit

28 attacks against freedom of expression documented during the first six months of 2018

The Observatorio Boliviano de Derechos Humanos documented 28 cases of violations to freedom of the press and expression. Read more

28 attacks against freedom of expression documented during the first six months of 2018

Students continue to protest after failing to reach an agreement with the government

On 6th August, in the city of Potosi, police officers created a security perimeter around the square where President Morales was delivering a speech, action that angered some of the protesters. Read more

Students continue to protest after failing to reach an agreement with the government

One dead after police violently repress student protests

During a student protest demanding a budget increased, security forces dispersed the protest with excessive force and as a result, one student was killed. Read more

 One dead after police violently repress student protests

Lawyer threatened for advocating on behalf of indigenous communities' rights

Lawyer Nelson La Madrid received threats that he believes are due to his work defending the Guaraní indigenous communities in their effort to stop the building of a hydroelectrical project. Read more

Lawyer threatened for advocating on behalf of indigenous communities' rights