The IACHR warns that compensation to victims of Bolivia cannot be conditioned

Policía durante las protestas contra Evo Morales en La Paz

Police during protests against Evo Morales in La Paz – REUTERS / LUISA GONZALEZ


The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has warned on Saturday that the compensation approved by the Government of Bolivia directed to the families of the mortal victims of the repression of the protests by the political crisis cannot be conditioned to set aside a International investigation of the facts.

The IACHR warns that compensation to victims of Bolivia cannot be conditioned
The IACHR warns that compensation to victims of Bolivia cannot be conditioned

Supreme Decree 4,100 plans to grant the families of the mortal victims registered during the riots in Bolivia after the elections of October 20, 50,000 Bolivians (more than 6,500 euros). However, if accepted, the decree foresees that the victims cannot go to international organizations in order to undertake an investigation.

“The IACHR warns that Supreme Decree 4,100, which establishes monetary compensation and some health services for victims of the crisis, cannot legally close or obstruct victims' access to the Inter-American Human Rights System,” said the agency through your Twitter account.

In this context, the agency recalled that monetary compensation “is only one of the components of the right to comprehensive reparation victims have in Bolivia”, but that the right to reparation “also includes measures of satisfaction, rehabilitation, truth , justice and guarantees of non-repetition “.

“Victims of Human Rights violations have access to the Inter-American Human Rights System because of the international commitments assumed by the State of Bolivia,” he continued, while calling it “worrisome” that the decree seeks to exempt victims of going to international instances.

Thus, “the administrative reparation is an advance and does not exempt the international organizations from analyzing the state responsibility, nor from the obligation of the State to adopt other measures for integral reparation,” the IACHR has settled.

The relatives of the Senkata fatalities already rejected the compensation decree on Friday, which they cataloged as “express blackmail” because, precisely, they closed the opportunity to claim an investigation at international levels. The group of victims also assured that this measure is “discriminatory and degrading.”

In this sense, the Human Rights representative of the city of El Alto, David Inca, presented a letter with eight demands through which they seek a new negotiation, since the decree, in his opinion, “only emphasizes the compensation, assuming that life has an economic price of 50,000 Bolivians, “said the newspaper 'La Razón'.

Inca explained that their demands seek to penalize “the murderers” of the victims' next of kin, in addition to a series of economic facilities for them, among which are a minimum lifetime salary for all affected families, as well as scholarships and cancellation of bank debts.

The political crisis in Bolivia broke out after the presidential elections of October 20, and numerous protests took place in the country.

In Senkata, a small town in El Alto, there were 10 dead and more than 40 wounded after the Police and the Army undertook it with Maduro's supporters who entrenched themselves in the areas surrounding the Bolivian Fiscal Oilfield plant ( YPFB).

The Government of the interim president Jeanine Áñez, who denied that law enforcement officers fired their weapons of regulation, decided to issue a decree exempting the military who participated in the repression of demonstrations of any criminal responsibility. Finally, they had to back down after the complaints that occurred both inside and outside the country.

Bolivia is now preparing to hold new elections in which neither former President Evo Morales nor his vice president, Álvaro García Linera, may participate, in accordance with the agreement to which his party, the Movement To Socialism (MAS), and the Government of Áñez have Come in Congress.

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