27 November 2019, Mexico, Mexico City: Bolivian former president Evo Morales speaks during a press conference at Mexico City's Journalists Club. Photo: Alejandro Guzmán / NOTIMEX / dpa – Alejandro Guzmán / NOTIMEX / dpa
MADRID, Dec. 1 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The former president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has expressed his support this Saturday for the proposal of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to create a group to investigate the events that have occurred since the October 20 elections that led to the political crisis in which the country is immersed.
“We support the IACHR proposal to form an external group that investigates the de facto government massacres,” Morales said in his Twitter account.
“This support is urgent because in Bolivia there is no rule of law that provides guarantees for national Human Rights organizations, which are besieged by fascist clash groups,” he added.
The IACHR rapporteur for Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela, Francisco José Eguiguren, raised this Saturday during an interview with CNN the constitution of an interdisciplinary and international group formed by experts to investigate the events in Bolivia.
“The IACHR will propose that an interdisciplinary and international group of experts should be established and investigate in depth the events that occurred after the resignation of (Evo) Morales,” said the IACHR rapporteur for Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela, Francisco José Eguiguren, during an interview with CNN.
Eguiguren, who has described the situation in Bolivia as “alarming” and “very worrisome” has influenced the fact that events in the country have caused “clearly two clarified massacres”, alluding to clashes between security forces and protesters in El Alto and Cochabamba, “with more than 20 people killed by bullets.”
In this regard, the IACHR rapporteur has criticized that the official reports speak of deaths produced “in clashes between civilians.”
He has also emphasized that the El Alto massacre occurred after the approval of Supreme Decree 4078, which exempted the military from criminal responsibility for their actions in the operations of order establishment, now revoked.
In addition, it has specified that the commission has found that, before the holding of the elections, a deep social polarization, hate speech and incitement of violence that can be attributed to both sides, formation of armed groups and civilians, repression for previous authorities, silencing or repression of some press and deliberate silence of another. ”
He has also mentioned the existence of “victims, both of people who believe they have been for violations of their Human Rights during the Morales Government and also other victims afterwards.”
“We believe that this requires an international investigation because we do not find guarantees for an impartial and firm investigation” in the country, Eguiguren has settled.
A total of 35 people have died in the riots that have taken place in the post-election protests in Bolivia.
The crisis broke out after the presidential elections of October 20, in which former President Evo Morales proclaimed his victory but the opposition denounced a “gigantic fraud.” The Organization of American States (OAS) audited the electoral process in which it found “irregularities.”
Morales resigned on November 10 and fled to Mexico. Jeanine Áñez, second vice president of the Senate, proclaimed herself interim president to fill the power vacuum left by the former president and the resignation of other senior officials.
Neither Morales nor his followers recognize Áñez because they believe that his stay at the Burned Palace is the result of a “coup d'etat”.
Áñez promulgated on Sunday the Law of Exceptional and Transitory Regime for the conduct of the elections, a rule that provides that neither Morales nor his former vice president, Álvaro García Linera, may be candidates.