The Mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bolivia this Monday called for the election campaigns to be carried out “in a safe climate of freedom and non-violence” following the recent violence. against political groups and candidates.
As part of the International Day of Peace and two weeks after the start of the election campaigns, the mission condemned the acts of violence recorded in the country over the past few weeks, “which would undermine the rights of citizens.” to proselytize the various political shops “.
Since September 6th, nine acts of violence against various political groups have occurred in the cities of Potosí, Sucre, La Paz, El Alto, Oruro, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. The Civic Community (CC), CREEMOS, the Front for Victory (FPV) and the Movement for Socialism (MAS) were the subjects of these acts, and “two of them attacked press personnel,” the mission said. .
In this context of growing tensions due to the proximity of the appointment to the polls, the Mission has urged all actors to base the campaigns on “tolerance, courtesy and mutual respect” given the “desire” of the Bolivian people to hold peaceful elections push through. “