Thursday 31.10.2019 Bolivia - Latest Developments
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
Thursday 26.9.2019 Bolivia - Latest Developments
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
Thursday 25.7.2019 Bolivia - Latest Developments
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
Wednesday 30.1.2019 Bolivia - Latest Developments
2019 started with accusations made by the Supreme Court of Bolivia during the opening ceremony of the judicial year. Read more
Tuesday 11.12.2018 Bolivia - Latest Developments
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
Wednesday 3.10.2018 Bolivia - Latest Developments
The Observatorio Boliviano de Derechos Humanos documented 28 cases of violations to freedom of the press and expression. Read more
Monday 3.9.2018 Bolivia - Latest Developments
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
Tuesday 10.7.2018 Bolivia - Latest Developments
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
Friday 4.5.2018 Bolivia - Latest Developments
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