Vulnerability to political rights worsened in 2018

El Diario reports:


The marches and the mobilization in the streets are the first option to protest demanding respect for the Constitution and the vote.

The officialdom assured that the human rights are respected and are guaranteed in the country and discredited the observation of the Apdhb

The Permanent Assembly of Human Rights (Apdhb) assured that in this year, the violation of the political rights of the population by the government of Evo Morales was made more visible, by not respecting the results of the constitutional referendum of February 21, 2016 that rejected the renomination of the official binomial.

“The current leaders among those who have the main responsibility is President Evo Morales, who for some time has been developing various actions aimed at reproducing the unipersonal power of the current president,” said the report of the APDHB, which is signed by its president Amparo Carvajal.

The presidential candidate for the Community Citizen Alliance, Carlos Mesa, agreed with that position and asserted that human rights are at their worst and that the decision of the population is not being respected by the current Government.

“Today, political and civil rights are at their worst. The people’s decision is not respected, justice is degraded, freedom of expression, association and the press are limited. Recovering the validity of human rights is an imperative,” wrote Mesa on his Twitter account.


In this regard, President Evo Morales, through his Twitter account, said that the exercise of democracy in the country is consolidated and rejected the statements of the opposition, which warn of a breach of this constitutional provision.

“Today, democracy is stronger than ever, although the right tries to make people believe otherwise,” Morales wrote yesterday.


The report of the Assembly recounts the entire process in which the President indicated that he would respect democracy and the decision of the population, before the referendum of February 21, 2016 took place, said that if he lost in that process electoral, when his mandate finishes he would go to the Chapare and respect the decision of the population.

However, after the results of the referendum were known, where he did not win with 51.34 percent of the total vote, the government authorities justified his defeat by hinting that the opposition used the information of the alleged son he had with Gabriela. Zapata, scandal that occurred days before the election.

On December 5, the 170th session of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) was held in Washington-United States, where the lawsuit against the Bolivian state for the violation of political rights was addressed. On that occasion, the Minister of Justice, Héctor Arce, assured that the results of the referendum are not binding or binding.

However, Article 15 of Law 026 of the Electoral System establishes that the decisions adopted through the referendum have immediate and obligatory effect and are binding. The authorities and competent authorities are responsible for their timely and effective application.


Another point highlighted by the document is the authoritarian and dictatorial regime of the government of Evo Morales, where it is evident that it exerts pressure on the Legislative Assembly, the Judicial Branch and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). The latter enabled the candidacy of the binomial of the ruling party.

The Representative of Democratic Unity (UD) Wilson Santamaría said that human rights are going through the worst moment in the history of the country, taking into account that there is no respect for the decision of the sovereign in the constitutional referendum of February 21, 2016.

“We live in a dictatorship camouflaged by democracy, which in addition to trying to trample on the popular will of the citizenry, what it seeks is a logic of perpetuating itself in power by ignoring political rights and pretending to apply preferential rights in favor of the rulers and to the detriment of the citizens,” said the legislator.

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